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A Perfect Cup of Tea
Green tea contains catechins, a group of antioxidant compounds that may help prevent cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. To get the most health benefit from the tea:
Choose small, loose-leaf green tea, which infuses quickly. Tightly curled or large-leaf tea requires a longer infusion time.
Use loose leaves instead of bags. If using bags, continuously dunk them in the teapot rather than leaving them to float on the water.
Use boiling water, which promotes the release of catechins.
Steep the tea for 2 to 5 minutes. Tea's catechin content increases with steeping time; a shorter time results in a high caffeine content but low catechin content.
Could your diet use a nutritional tune-up? A healthful diet has many benefits and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Add color to your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains and low-fat dairy, and keep an eye on your portion size. Aim for balance, variety, flexibility and moderation.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive condition, but it can be managed. With help for your family, your friends and your health care team, you can learn to take care of yourself and stay healthy.
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.