Drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24%, according to a study of 131,000 people presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress in Barcelona on August 31, 2014 by Professor Nicolas Danchin from France. Professor Danchin said: "If you have to choose between tea or coffee it's probably better to drink tea. Coffee and tea are important components of our way of life. Their effects on cardiovascular (CV) health have been investigated in the past with sometimes divergent results. We investigated the effects of coffee and tea on CV mortality and non-CV mortality in a large French population at low risk of cardiovascular diseases." The study included 131,401 people aged 18 to 95 years who had a health check-up at the Paris IPC Preventive Medicine Center between January 2001 and December 2008. During a mean 3.5 years follow-up there were 95 deaths from CV and 632 deaths from non-CV causes. Coffee or tea consumption was assessed by a self-administered questionnaire as one of three classes: none, 1 to 4, or more than 4 cups per day. The researchers found that coffee drinkers had a higher CV risk profile than non-drinkers, particularly for smoking. The percentage of current smokers was 17% for non-drinkers compared with 31% in those who drank 1 to 4 cups per day and 57% in those who drank more than 4 cups per day. Non-coffee drinkers were more physically active, with 45% having a good level of physical activity compared to 41% of the heavy coffee drinkers. Professor Danchin said: "This is highly significant in our large population." Heavy drinkers of coffee were older than the non-drinkers, with a mean age of 44 compared to 40 years.
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