The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 480–486 | Cite as

Tea consumption and health-related quality of life in older adults

  • C.-W. Pan
  • Q. Ma
  • H.-P. Sun
  • Y. Xu
  • N. Luo
  • Pei WangEmail author



Although tea consumption has been reported to have various health benefits in humans, its association with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has not been investigated directly. We aimed to examine the relationship between tea consumption and HRQOL among older Chinese adults.


We analyzed community-based cross-sectional data of 5,557 older Chinese individuals aged 60 years or older who participated in the Weitang Geriatric Diseases study. Information on tea consumption and HRQOL assessed by the European Quality of Life-5 dimensions (EQ-5D) were collected by questionnaires. We estimated the relationship of tea consumption and the EQ-5D index score using linear regression models and the association between tea consumption and self-reported EQ-5D health problems using logistic regression models.


The EQ-5D index score was higher for habitual tea drinkers than their counterparts. In multivariate linear analyses controlling for socio-demographic conditions, health conditions, and lifestyle habits, the differences in ED-5D index score between individuals with and without tea drinking habits was 0.012 (95% confidence interval, 0.006-0.017). In multivariate logistic analyses, habitual tea drinking was inversely associated with reporting of problems in EQ-5D dimensions mobility (odds ration [OR], 0.44; 95% CI: 0.23-0.84); pain/discomfort (OR, 0.74; 95% CI: 0.61-0.90); and anxiety/depression (OR, 0.60; 95% CI: 0.38-0.97). These associations were more evident for black or oolong tea than green tea.


Habitual tea consumption was associated with better HRQOL in older adults.

Key words

Tea consumption health-related quality of life EQ-5D older adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C.-W. Pan
    • 1
  • Q. Ma
    • 2
  • H.-P. Sun
    • 1
  • Y. Xu
    • 1
  • N. Luo
    • 3
  • Pei Wang
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Preventive and Translational Medicine for Geriatric Diseases, School of Public HealthMedical College of Soochow UniversitySuzhouChina
  2. 2.The 3rd People’s Hospital of Xiangcheng DistrictSuzhouChina
  3. 3.Saw Swee Hock School of Public HealthNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.School of Public HealthFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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