Doctor's Note

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on green tea. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • DanielFaster

    But China has just surpassed the US in the T2D rates: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/health/diabetes-epidemic-grows-in-china.html?ref=health

    Experts have blamed many factors: the introduction of high-calorie Western diets and fast food, more travel by car, sedentary factory jobs replacing farm labor, and families who spoil the one child that most are allowed to have. Less green tea and more Coke?

    • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

      The science supports that it is the fats in the diet that contribute to the most the development of type two diabetes. The sugar contains one molecule of glucose (our cells primary fuel source) and one molecule of fructose (metabolized almost exclusively by the liver to fats, uric acid, inflammatory aldehydes and glycogen). So sugar can be a contributing factor along with Exercise. They are only secondary to fat consumption… both animal and plant fat. In my clinical experience patients with type two diabetes who remove fats from their diet have the best results.

      • DanielFaster

        So you are saying to cut down on fat most importantly, but also on added fructose and sucrose (fructose+glucose). Whole fruit is okay? Or do you recommend that T2D patients also cut this out or down?

  • tavit

    I would love to get rid of my per-hipertension, so I could drink green tea all day long, because I live green tea, unfortunately that may never happen.

  • Gina

    Green tea on an empty stomach makes me nauseous. I’ve searched the internet for explanations, but all the results turn up unsatisfying answers, like that it’s the tannins. I drink a ton of red wine, which is full of tannins, and experience no nausea. And it’s not the caffeine, because coffee and soda don’t cause the problem. It’s something specific to green tea. This is, from what I surmise from internet searches, a common problem.