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No Effects of Black Tea on Cognitive Decline Among Older US Men: A Prospective Cohort Study

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Feng L, Langsetmo L, Yaffe K, Sun Y, Fink HA, Shikany JM, Leung PC, Lane J Alzheimers Dis. 2018;65(1):99-105. doi: 10.3233/JAD-180103. NE, Cauley JA; Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study Group.

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BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence supports the neuroprotective effects of bioactive compounds from tea leaves. There are limited data from black tea consumption populations.

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether black tea consumption is associated with cognitive decline among older men.

METHODS: We chose to study the association between black tea consumption and cognition using data from the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) cohort, which collected information on tea consumption at baseline and has repeatedly assessed cognitive function in 3,844 men aged 65+ years (mean = 72.4 years). We defined tea drinkers as those who drank black tea at least once per week and further grouped them into weekly drinkers and daily drinkers. Cognitive function was assessed at baseline and approximately 7 years later using the Modified Mini-Mental State Examination (3MSE). Multivariable logistic regression and linear regression models were constructed to assess the association between black tea consumption and risk of fast cognitive decline as a binary variable and change in 3MSE scores as continuous variable. Fast cognitive decline was defined as decline in 3MSE >1.5 standard deviation of mean change score. Models were adjusted for age, education level, and baseline cognitive scores.

RESULTS: Weekly and daily black tea drinkers were 24.8% and 12.4% of the study cohort, respectively. Fast cognitive decline occurred in 243 (6.3%) participants. Tea consumption was not associated with risk of cognitive decline, nor was tea associated with cognitive decline measured by absolute change in 3MSE scores.

CONCLUSIONS: There was no association of black tea consumption and cognitive decline among older men in the US.