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R&D for Lifetime of Life

Heart disease, stroke, tea, coffee.

Prof Yvonne T van der Schouw followed nearly 38,000 people in The Netherlands over 13 years, looking at tea and coffee consumption, and the impact on heart disease and strokes.

Neither tea nor coffee drinking reduced (or increased) the risk of stroke.

Coffee at the level of 2-4 cups/day cut the risk of heart disease by 20%, compared to drinking less or drinking more.

Drinking 3-6 cups of tea per day cut the risk of death from heart disease by 45%, compared to those drinking less than one cup/day.

Black tea (no milk) accounts for 78% of tea consumption in The Netherlands. This may be important as other studies suggest milk in tea may reduce the benefits.

People known to have heart disease at the start of the study were not included, so it is not clear if tea or coffee would be beneficial for existing sufferers.

The researchers suggest the findings for coffee may be influenced by a less healthy lifestyle, including a higher tendency to smoke, compared to tea drinkers.

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June 19, 2010 - Posted by | Coffee, CVD - cardiovascular disease, Health, Smoking, Stroke, Success, Tea, The Netherlands, Yvonne T van der Schouw

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