Drinking tea may lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease and death, mounting research shows

Drinking at least four daily cups of tea per day lowered a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 17% over the span of a decade. The research, conducted by a team from China, involved more than one million adults across eight countries. The health benefits of drinking tea may have to do with polyphenols, compounds found naturally in plants that provide antioxidants. Adding milk or sugar to tea didn’t reduce the health benefits, but the participants tended to use those ingredients sparingly.

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