Scientists examined 100,902 Chinese adults with no history of heart attack, stroke, or cancer over the average period of 7.3 years, categorising the individuals into two groups – regular tea drinkers, (three or more times a week), and never or non-habitual tea drinkers.
The results revealed that compared to the people who never or rarely drank tea, habitual tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as an extra 1.41 years of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease-free living, and 1.26 years longer of life expectancy at the indexed age of 50 years.
Habitual tea drinkers who had maintained their level of consumption 13 years after the initial survey had a 39 percent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke, 56 percent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke, and 29 percent decreased risk of all-cause death compared to consistent never or non-habitual tea drinkers, the study suggests.
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