Sunday, March 02, 2008

Tea might reduce diabetes

Ingredients in black tea mimic insulin to fight deadly disease IT IS the world's most popular drink, enjoyed everywhere from building sites to The Ritz. But now scientists have discovered that the great British cuppa holds the potential to fight one of the nation's biggest life-threatening diseases. Groundbreaking research by scientists at Dundee University has revealed that ordinary tea may have the potential to help combat type 2 diabetes, which affects around 200,000 Scots. The scientists have discovered ingredients in black tea mimic the action of the hormone insulin, which is deficient in people with diabetes. They say the next step is to establish whether drinking more tea could help treat diabetes or even prevent it occurring in the first place. Scotsman

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