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Diabetics should drink green tea - study suggests

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By David Liu, PHD

Friday July 6, 2012 (foodconsumer.org) -- Diabetes patients should drink green tea to better control their condition, a new study in Saui Medical Journal suggests.

The study led by F. Haidari of Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Ahvaz Iran and colleagues found that diabetic rats who drank green tea extract decreased serum glucose, total cholesterol and led to significant weight loss, compared to those who did not receive green tea.

The dose used in the study was 200 mg of green tea extract/kg body weight.

The green tea intervention did not affect the levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and high density lipoprotein cholesterol.

In the study, 48 rats whose diabetes was induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of stereptozotocin (55 mg/kg body weight) - an antibiotic.  For the study, two doses were used, 100 mg/kg and 200 mg per kg per day.  It seemed that only the high dose worked.

Green tea has been known to help weight loss in addition to diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  Everyone who want to reduce the medical expenses used in the U.S. - $8,400 per person should drink green tea.

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