Drink Tea, Live Longer?

Published 09/01 2014 03:54PM

Updated 09/01 2014 03:56PM

A new study suggests that tea drinkers may live longer than coffee drinkers, but lifestyle may have something to do with it.  Researchers followed 131,401 people between the ages of 18 and 95  for about 3 and a half years. They found that people who drank tea were 24 percent less likely to die of non-heart related causes.

Coffee drinkers were more likely to be older, to smoke, and to exercise less. Researchers also found that men tend to drink coffee much more than women, while women tend to drink more tea than men.

"Tea has antioxidants which may provide survival benefits. Tea drinkers also have healthier lifestyles so does tea drinking reflect a particular person profile or is it tea, per se, that improves outcomes -- for me that remains an open question. Pending the answer to that question, I think that you could fairly honestly recommend tea drinking rather than coffee drinking and even rather than not drinking anything at all," concluded Professor Nicolas Danchin from France who presented the study results at  the ESC Congress.

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