Women Tea drinkers have less plaque in arteries by Reuters Health
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who drink tea may be
protecting themselves from a build-up of artery-clogging plaque, so
lowering their risk for heart disease and stroke, findings from a
French study suggest.
Dr. Mahmoud Zureik and colleagues found that older women who
reported drinking at least three cups of tea a day were less likely
to have plaque in the carotid arteries in their neck than those
drinking less tea.
The investigators, all with INSERM, France's national institute
for medical research, report their findings in the journal
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.
Zureik's team analyzed ultrasound measures of carotid artery
plaque among 2,613 men and 3,984 women, aged about 73 years old on
average, in relation to tea drinking and other dietary habits, and
medical and personal history obtained during in-person interviews
conducted from 1999 to 2001.
Carotid plaques were evident in 44 percent of female
non-tea-drinkers, in 42.5 percent of women who reported drinking 1
to 2 cups of tea daily, and in only 33.7 percent of those who
reported drinking 3 or more cups per day.
The association between fewer instances of carotid plaques and
increased daily tea consumption was independent of other dietary
habits, major vascular risk factors, age, area of residence, and
education, the investigators note.
"There was no association of tea consumption with carotid
plaques in men," the team found.
The investigators did not gather data on the types of tea
consumed or the duration of tea drinking among participants, and
they are unclear why the association occurred among women and not
SOURCE: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology,
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