Effect of green tea (Camellia sinensis) consumption on the components of metabolic syndrome in elderly

Springer link. January 2013

 

A. E. Vieira Senger, C. H. A. Schwanke, I. Gomes, Maria Gabriela Valle Gottlieb

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Abstract

Objective

To evaluate the effect of the consumption of green tea on components of MS in the elderly.

Design

Intervention study.

Setting

The sample was selected from the Geriatric Service of Hospital São Lucas of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Participants

45 elderly with MS were enrolled and allocated into two groups: green tea group (GTG, n = 24), who drank green tea and control group (CG, n= 21) without intervention.

Intervention

The GTG received sachets of 1.0 g of green tea, and should drink three cups per day for 60 days and the CG was instructed not to make changes in their lifestyle.

Measurements

The diagnostic criteria for MS used were the International Diabetes Federation. The lipidic and glycemie profile, and anthropometric measurements were evaluated before and after intervention.

Results

There was a statistically significant weight loss only in GTG [71.5±12.6 kg to 70.3±12.6 kg (p<0.001)]. A statistically significant decrease in BMI [−0.5±0.4 kg/m2 in GTG and −0.2±0.6 kg/m2 in CG (P=0.032)] and waist circumference [−2.2±2.0 cm in GTG and − 0.3±1.8 cm in CG (P=0.002)] were observed. The intake of green tea did not change the biochemical parameters.

Conclusion

The consumption of green tea was effective in inducing weight loss, reducing BMI and waist circumference in the elderly with MS.

 

 

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