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TAP comments on latest diabetes findings and the link to tea

Posted date:
4th Mar '08
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In response to a research paper just published in the Journal of Aging Cell which reviews the possible link of black tea and its compounds towards the prevention of Diabetes, the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) would like to make the following comment:

Dr Ann Walker from the Tea Advisory Panel notes: "Antidiabetic properties of tea have been shown earlier in laboratory studies, but this is the first time that a research group has concentrated on the unique compounds in black tea. As a result, this latest study finding is great news and it clearly demonstrates that the compounds in black tea have insulin-like actions in the cell. This research news is very exciting and the next step would be to find out whether people who drink large quantities of tea are at lower risk of diabetes. If we could find such an association then it would be worth setting up a clinical trial."

The Tea Advisory Panel:
The Tea Advisory Panel is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the UK TEA COUNCIL, the trade association for the UK tea industry. The Panel has been created to provide media with impartial information regarding the health benefits of tea. Panel members include nutritionists; dieticians and doctors. For further information please call 0207 8089756.

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