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Green tea extract reducing need for insulin?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Lunar_Lapin, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Lunar_Lapin

    Lunar_Lapin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I recently started drinking several cups of green tea everyday. I really cannot stand the taste so decided to try some green tea extract with added vitamin tablets. I have noticed slightly increased energy (placebo effect, unsure?) decreased appetite and less bloating.

    For the first week or so I was suffering what felt like constant hypos. The only factor that had changed was the green tea intake so I decided to decrease my evening lantus injection. I was taking 30 units every 24 hours and am now only taking 22. In addition to reducing the lantus my novorapid to carb ratio has gone from 1 unit to approx 6/7g to 1 to 15.

    I am curious; has anyone else had any similar experiences? I had read somewhere that Camellia sinensis can increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar but I'm always fairly sceptical when hear about things like this!

    Ellie
     
  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hiya I like green tea so would be tempted to see what others say..
     
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Really not sure if Green Tea Extract would have this effect, but green tea (much like other tea's) has many health benefits due to the antioxidants it contains.

    I drink 2 cups every day, green tea can be an acquired taste, if you buy the cheap brands like Clipper they can taste like dish water, we get our tea from Holland & Barrett and the brand name is Double Dragon, it's a excellent quality tea but is a little pricey at nearly £2 for a box of 20.

    H&B also do their own green tea which contains lemongrass, that is nice too for those who want a sweeter taste.
     
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    jamesfitz Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had green tea for the first time this week and noticed i had increased energy straight away. Not too sure about it affecting my inaulin requirements.
     
  5. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    I drank 2 cups today and oddly enough my levels went up, and stuck at 13 !
     
  6. PseudoBob77

    PseudoBob77 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's because green tea contains catechins which is a flavanoid, high in antioxidants and I believe this reduces insulin resistence.
     
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