Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

A daily cup of hot tea may lower glaucoma risk

A daily cup of hot tea may lower glaucoma risk

The new findings show that lifestyle changes could help prevent vision loss from glaucoma, lead study author Anne Coleman of the University of California, Los Angeles, was quoted as saying by Live Science.

To find this out, researchers looked at data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in the US, which is a nationally representative annual survey of about 10,000 people.

Recently, scientists from Brown University in Providence, RI, and the University of California in Los Angeles have chose to compare how the consumption of various drinks - including hot tea, decaffeinated tea, iced tea, coffee, and soft drinks - influence the risk of glaucoma.

The researchers mentioned that they compared the hot tea drinkers in general, with those people drinking more than six cups of the brewed tea a week less probably to have the risk even whether factors such as age, body mass index, smoking and diabetes were considered. Writing in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, researchers in the United States describe the association between consumption of coffee, tea or soft drinks and this condition, which affects over 2.7 million people in America alone, and nearly 60 million worldwide.

The survey also included eye tests for glaucoma. Among the 1678 participants who had full eye test results, including photos, 84 (5%) adults had developed the condition.

No links were found between glaucoma risk and any other type of beverage taken into account in the study, including coffee - both caffeinated and decaffeinated - as well as decaffeinated tea, iced tea, and soft drinks.

However, the researchers noted that this was an observational study, and therefore, no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.

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They also surveyed the participants' reactions to a questionnaire about the frequency of they had drunk coffee, hot tea, soft drinks or iced tea in the past year, and whether those drinks were caffeinated or decaffeinated.

The researchers found that the participants who drank hot tea every day had a 74 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma than those who didn't. How much you have to drink daily?.

-Tea can also help protect bones.

"Further research is needed to establish the importance of these findings".

If you're the kind of person who loves nothing more than a good cuppa tea, you may be happy with the results of a new report.

According to registered dietitian Andy De Santis, green, black and oolong teas contain important antioxidants known as flavonoids, which are being explored for their potential health benefits.

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