A study involving 131,401 people attending the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Centre between January 2001 and December 2008, aged 18 to 95 and at low risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), shows that drinking tea can reduce the risk of dying from causes related to the heart by a quarter.
The benefits of tea are largely due to the presence of flavonoids, antioxidant ingredients that are thought to be good for the heart. Study leader Professor Nicolas Danchin said previous research showed ‘divergent’ effects of tea and coffee on heart health. He added, however: ‘If you have to choose between tea and coffee, it’s probably better to drink tea.’
The results from the study were based on an assessment of individuals’ coffee or tea consumption habits by a questionnaire and classified into three categories: those who drank more and less than four cups a day. The researchers found that coffee drinkers had a higher Cardiovascular risk profile than non-tea drinkers, and a tendency for smoking, with 57 per cent of those drinking more than four cups per day being smokers. Non-coffee drinkers were more physically active, with 45 per cent having a good level of physical activity compared with 41 per cent of the heavy coffee drinkers.
Tea had a marked effect on blood pressure, with a significant reduction in the heavy tea drinkers, compared with non-drinkers. Professor Danchin said: ‘Overall we tend to have a higher cardiovascular risk profile for coffee drinkers and a lower risk profile for tea drinkers. We also found big gender differences. ‘Men tend to drink coffee much more than women, while women tend to drink more tea than men.’ (Read more here) The study displayed a trend towards tea drinking lowering the risk of cardiovascular deaths but after adjusting for age, gender and smoking, the effect was not statistically significant. However, the risk of non-cardiovascular death was found to be reduced by a quarter for tea drinkers, compared with those who consumed no tea at all.
The study was not extensive in regards to the types of tea being consumed, or whether individuals were adding milk to their beverages. Participants of the study were simply asked how much tea they drank per day.
Cardiovascular disease is very serious and can in many cases become life threatening. It is estimated that CVD is responsible for around 1 in 3 premature deaths in men a number which falls to an estimated 1 in 5 in women. Various forms of CVD could easily be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes early on in life, such as eating a healthy diet, regularly exercising and stopping smoking.
Here at the New Malden Diagnostic Centre we have a large team of cardiology specialists who can offer their expert services and diagnostics for patients with CVD and other related issues such as chest pains and suspected disturbance of heart rhythm. Not only can we provide the very best care and treatment but we also offer screenings and risk assessment for those who may be at risk from cardiovascular disease.
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