As I often report, people living with Type II diabetes frequently go on to develop other chronic diseases—including heart disease, dementia, and cancer. And since it affects so many biological processes in your body, it can even shave years off of your life.
But a new study shows that you can still significantly reduce your risk of dying—even if you’ve been diagnosed with this serious metabolic disease—by enjoying more of my favorite morning brew.
Let’s jump right in…
Coffee and tea drinkers live longer
For the new study, researchers followed nearly 5,000 middle-aged Japanese men and women diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
The participants completed detailed questionnaires about their diet, which included specific questions about their coffee and green tea consumption. They also answered questions about their alcohol consumption, exercise, sleep, and smoking.
After five years, about 300 of the participants had died. And, ultimately, researchers found that those who did not drink coffee or green tea had a higher risk of death.
On the other hand, those who drank two or more of cups of coffee—and those who drank four or more cups of green tea—daily had a staggering 63 percent lower all-cause mortality risk (death from any cause) after five years.
Now, these findings don’t surprise me much. I often extol the benefits of drinking coffee. They both contain loads of naturally occurring, biologically active compounds that protect against disease. (For added support, you can also sprinkle this spice into your beverage!)
But when it comes to green tea specifically, there’s a catch…
Get all the benefits without the risks
You have to drink absurdly high quantities to gain all the benefits of green tea. In fact, based on controlled lab experimental results, I once calculated that you would need to drink 16 cups per day to get the beneficial dose of the natural antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
And this new Japanese study supports my general conclusions, as it found that you’d have to drink twice as much green tea as coffee to get the same benefits. But with that high level of tea consumption, you run a risk of suffering some serious side effects. For example, the tannic acids in tea irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. And the oxalic acid in tea causes kidney stones.
Plus, as the researchers cautioned, the quality of green tea consumed in Japan is much higher than what’s consumed here in the U.S. and in Europe. (Japan takes its tea seriously. But unfortunately, in the West, toxic chemicals often leach into the tea.)
Not to mention, in Japan, they don’t add creamers, sugar, and/or artificial sweeteners to their tea. (In Asia, they call tea with anything added, “English tea.”) So any health benefit they gain by drinking their tea is much more “pure.”
In the end, based on the findings from this study and previous studies, I suggest sticking with coffee and forgoing the potentially harmful green tea. Not only will it give you a good kick start in the morning—and more bang for your buck than green tea—but it could also significantly improve your mortality risk, if you suffer from Type II diabetes.
Plus, there’s a great deal of emerging research showing you can prevent—and even fight—Type II diabetes using a variety of other natural approaches, in addition to drinking coffee. You can obtain a full report about these uncommonly effective, commonsense, natural strategies in my online learning protocol, the Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes. To learn more about this innovative online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here now.
“Additive effects of green tea and coffee on all-cause mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: the Fukuoka Diabetes Registry.” BMJ Open Diab Res Care 2020;8:e001252. doi.org/10.1136/ bmjdrc-2020-001252