Green tea consumption and chronic atrophic gastritis: a cross-sectional study in a green tea production village

J Epidemiol. 2000 Sep;10(5):310-6. doi: 10.2188/jea.10.310.


Chronic atrophic gastritis (CAG) is well known as a precancerous lesion of the stomach, and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection increases the risk of CAG. While recent studies have reported that green tea consumption decreases the risk of gastric cancer, there has been no study analyzing the relationship between green tea consumption and the both risks H. pylori infection and CAG. We conducted a cross-sectional study on 636 subjects living in a farming village in Japan to examine the relationship among green tea consumption, H. pylori infection, and CAG. Smoking, alcohol drinking, consumption of four beverages, including green tea, and of five foods were investigated as lifestyle factors that may affect H. pylori infection and CAG. The measurement of H. pylori-IgG antibodies was used to define H. pylori infection, and serum pepsinogens were used to define of CAG. The unconditional logistic regression model was used for analyzing each odds ratio (OR). H. pylori infection was positively associated with the risk of CAG (OR = 3.73; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.59-5.36). High green tea consumption (more than 10 cups per day) was negatively associated with the risk of CAG, even after adjustment for H. pylori infection and lifestyle factors associated with green tea consumption (OR = 0.63; 95% CI, 0.43-0.93). These results support the hypothesis that high green tea consumption prevents CAG.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Gastritis, Atrophic / epidemiology*
  • Gastritis, Atrophic / prevention & control*
  • Helicobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Helicobacter pylori*
  • Humans
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Life Style
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Tea*


  • Tea