London: The best way to slash the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is to drink at least four cups of tea a day, a study found.A study of European populations found that people in countries that drank four cups a day - the British average - had a 20 percent lower risk of developing the illness.The study found that benefits seemed to be most obvious among heavy tea drinkers as drinking a mere one to three cups a day didn’t lower the risk.A research team led by Christian Herder from the Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany, said that previous analyses showed tea consumption was associated with lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.“Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes, but dietary factors may also play a role. One dietary factor of interest is tea consumption,” the Daily Mail quoted the researcher as saying.
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