Chinese researchers studied the effect of drinking different types of tea, such as green tea, oolong tea and black tea, on the risk of diabetes.
Over 422 million people suffer from diabetes, according to WHO.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs once our body cannot product enough insulin or becomes resistant to insulin making it impossible to use.
Can tea help?
In a recent meta-analysis of 19 cohort studies from eight countries, researchers examined the effect of black, green and oolong tea consumption on the risk of type 2 diabetes.
They found that those who drank 1-3 cups of tea a day had a 4% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who did not drink tea.
In addition, those who drank at least four cups of tea a day had a 17% lower risk of the disease compared to non-tea drinkers.
The research suggests that the public could be advised to drink more tea every day if appropriate, but further studies are needed to confirm the results.
It is possible that people who drink more tea avoid sugary drinks altogether, or drink them less often, which may put them at lower risk of type 2 diabetes.