Monday, May 18, 2009
Research continues to show that light to moderate drinking is healthful for men. There is some research that indicates that for women it may not be as beneficial. Below is an excerpt from a continuing education article from the Medscape site. They had this to say:
May 8, 2009 — Drinking up to half a glass of wine daily may increase
longevity by 5 years in men, but more studies are needed, according to
the results of a study reported online first in the April 30 issue of
the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
"Light to moderate alcohol intake lowers the risk of cardiovascular
mortality, but whether this protective effect can be attributed to a
specific type of beverage remains unclear," write M.T. Streppel, from
the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment,
Bilthoven, the Netherlands, and colleagues. "Moreover, little is known
about the effects of long-term alcohol intake on life expectancy."
They also reported:
"Long-term light alcohol intake lowered cardiovascular and all-cause
mortality risk and increased life expectancy," the study authors write.
"Light wine consumption was associated with 5 years longer life
expectancy; however, more studies are needed to verify this result."
Sadly for the women the New England Journal of Medicine reported
an increased risk of breast cancer:
BACKGROUND. Studies in men suggest that light-to-moderate alcohol
intake is associated with a reduction in overall mortality, due
primarily to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Among women with
similar levels of alcohol consumption, an increased risk of breast
cancer has been noted that complicates the balance of risks and
Happily, however the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
may have a remedy:
Good news for women who love chocolate — new research has shown how an
ingredient found in cocoa seems to exert anti-cancer properties on
breast cancer cells.
The study, by researchers from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
at Georgetown University in Washington, is published in the April 2005
issue of the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.
It is always good to know that somethings in moderation are actually good for you.
Enjoy life or you may not want to live longer.