Green Tea Health Benefits May Extend to Type 1 Diabetes and Sjogren’s Syndrome

Jun 5, 2009 by

Green Tea Health Benefits May Extend to Type 1 Diabetes and Sjogren’s Syndrome

Green tea has, in recent years, gained a lot of prominence for its health benefits. Its popularity has thus also soared, and many people are now drinking green tea as a healthful beverage.

Some of green tea’s possible benefits are discussed in the following article.

Green Tea Benefits Type 1 Diabetes and Sjogren’s Syndrome

by Reuben Chow

With its wide-ranging and well-known array of health benefits, green tea is becoming ever more popular as a daily beverage. And a recent study carried out on mice at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta has found that a compound present in green tea could slow down or even prevent type 1 diabetes. It also lowered the severity and slowed the progress of Sjogren’s syndrome.

About Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes also goes by the names “childhood-onset diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes”. It occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce the insulin which the body needs to control glucose levels. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes, or “adult-onset diabetes” or “non-insulin-dependent diabetes”, occurs when the body is unable to properly utilize the insulin produced by the pancreas.

According to the National Institutes of Health, some 7.8% of the United States population, or 23.6 million people, were estimated to have diabetes in 2007. Of these, 5.7 million cases were undiagnosed. It adds that type 1 diabetes usually affects children and young adults, although it can also occur at any age. It is estimated that 5 to 10% of adult diagnoses of diabetes are type 1, and risk factors for the disease “may be autoimmune, genetic, or environmental”.

About Green Tea

Green tea contains various compounds such as minerals, volatile oils and vitamins. But it is the polyphenols in green tea, in particular a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which are believed to provide much of the beverage’s health-promoting effects.

Indeed, green tea has been shown in some studies to help lower total cholesterol levels, promote cardiovascular health, reduce risk of dental caries, stimulate the immune system, fight bacteria, as well as prevent and even inhibit certain types of cancer.

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