Dr Wang said: “One reason might be that 48 percent of men were habitual tea consumers compared to just 20 percent of women.
“Secondly, women had much lower incidence of, and mortality from, heart disease and stroke.
“These differences made it more likely to find statistically significant results among men.”
The researchers now hope to conduct follow-up studies to understand the protective effects of tea further.
However, other experts warn that readers should take the findings with a pinch of salt.