Type 2 diabetes would be hassle-free were it not for the threat of rising blood sugar levels. Blood sugar – the main type of sugar found in blood – is responsible for supplying nutrients to the body’s organs, muscles and nervous system. If you have too much blood sugar in your body, it can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, hiking your risk of heart disease and other life-threatening complications.
These beneficial effects of green tea could be due to its powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which many studies have found to increase insulin sensitivity.
General lifestyle tips to improve insulin sensivity
To optimise the benefits of drinking green tea, it is important to commit to an overall healthy lifestyle.
According to Diabetes.co.uk, you should choose foods with higher fibre and a lower GI and glycemic load to help improve insulin sensitivity.
The glycaemic index (GI) is a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates – it shows how quickly each food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when that food is eaten on its own.
“Combining aerobic activities with resistance training has been shown to be an effective way to increase insulin sensitivity,” says the health body.
It adds: “As well as performing physical activity, losing excess body fat can help to improve insulin sensitivity.”
Type 2 diabetes – how do I know if I have it?
Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising – this is because symptoms do not necessarily make you feel unwell.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
- Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision.