Moderate Drinking Linked to Healthy Heart
According to new research, moderate alcohol consumption could protect against heart disease.
Canadian researchers from the University of Calgary looked at 84 studies examining the link between drinking and heart disease, and found that moderate alcohol drinkers – one drink or less per day – were 14-25% less likely to develop heart disease than those who refused alcohol altogether.
Another team of researchers reviewed a further 63 studies, and concluded that moderate alcohol consumption – one drink per day for women, 1-2 per day for men – actually increases the levels of good cholesterol, protecting against heart disease.
“In addressing lifestyle issues, alcohol consumption, in moderation, could be recommended as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She also agreed with the researchers when they said that it was alcohol content that made the difference when it came to heart health, rather than the type of drink. “One of the mechanisms of decreasing heart disease is by increasing the HDL ['good' cholesterol], which is independent of the type of alcohol, whether it be wine, beer or spirits,” she continued.
However it was noted that too much alcohol is still considered to be bad for general health.
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