Coffee, Tea and Stroke Risk
Friday, June 5, 2009

Tea and coffee drinkers may be less likely to have a stroke. Dr. Edward Hill discusses two studies that looked at coffee, tea and stroke risk in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

The odds of having a stroke may be lower for tea drinkers and coffee drinkers, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference.

In the tea study, UCLA researchers looked at data from 10 studies of clot-related strokes that mentioned tea consumption. Strokes were 21 percent less common among people who drank three cups of tea per day, whether that tea was green tea or black tea.

In the coffee study, USC and UCLA researchers reviewed national health survey data from nearly 9,400 U.S. adults aged 40 and older. The more cups of coffee participants drank, the less likely they were to report ever being diagnosed with a stroke.

The studies were observational—participants weren’t assigned to drink tea or coffee—so the findings don’t prove that tea or coffee prevent stroke.

If you’re looking to lower your stroke risk, leading a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity and a nutritious diet is a great start.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.