Is Green Tea the Fountain of Youth?
Green tea may protect against disability among aging adults
Green tea has become the go-to beverage for people seeking to improve health. Tea advocates are quick to note the tea's potential protective effects against heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Now, we have evidence that green tea also may keep a spring in your step as you age.
Studying sipping habits
To study how green tea drinking may affect level of physical disability over time, researchers collected information on tea drinking habits, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle behaviors from 14,000 Japanese adults over 65 years old. Study participants had no prior history of disability--physical limitations that affect a person's ability to take care of him- or herself--and the study authors tracked the group to determine who developed disability over three years.
Compared with people who rarely or never drank green tea people who drank 3 to 4 cups per day had 25% lower risk of developing disability, and people who drank 5 or more cups per day had 33% lower risk of developing disability.
Sipping, stepping, and snacking your way to health
This study suggests that green tea may protect against disability among aging adults. Use our green tea tips, plus other stay-vibrant ideas to keep your body healthy into your golden years.
(Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:732-9)
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.