Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 557–562 | Cite as

Tea Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies

  • Yali Jing
  • Guanjun Han
  • Yun Hu
  • Yan Bi
  • Lirong Li
  • Dalong ZhuEmail author
Original Article



Tea consumption has been extensively studied in relation to various diseases, several epidemiologic studies have been performed to investigate the association of tea consumption with type 2 diabetes; however, the results of these studies were not entirely consistent.


To conduct a meta-analysis of studies that assessed the association of tea consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes.


We performed a systematic literature search through November 2008 in PUBMED, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The search was limited to English-language studies. Studies were excluded if they were type 1 diabetes, animal studies. Nine cohort studies were identified by two authors, and summary relative risks (RRs) were calculated using a random-effects model.


We identified nine cohort studies, including 324,141 participants and 11,400 incident cases of type 2 diabetes with follow-up ranging from 5 to 18 years. The summary adjusted RR did not show that tea consumption was associated with a reduced type 2 diabetes risk (RR, 0.96; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.92–1.01). Evidence from the results of our stratified analyses revealed that tea consumption ≥4 cups per day (RR, 0.8; 95% CI, 0.7–0.93) might play a role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. However, no statistically significant association was observed for sex and the follow-up durations stratified between tea consumption and type 2 diabetes.


This meta-analysis indicates that tea consumption ≥4 cups per day may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.


type 2 diabetes tea meta-analysis 



This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No 30671004), “973 Project” (2006CB503902), and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No BK2006006).

Conflict of Interest

None disclosed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yali Jing
    • 1
  • Guanjun Han
    • 1
  • Yun Hu
    • 2
  • Yan Bi
    • 2
  • Lirong Li
    • 2
  • Dalong Zhu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyDrum Tower Clinical Medical College of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of Endocrinology, Affiliated Drum Tower HospitalMedical College of Nanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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