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An analysis of a very large US population based study confirmed the J-shaped curve and demonstrated that light and moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages was associated with a decreased risk of all-cause and CVD mortality. Only light drinkers had a reduced cancer risk. Contrary, heavy alcohol drinking as well as binge drinking was related to an increased all-cause and cancer-specific mortality. The evidence regarding the risk of morbidity and mortality among light to moderate drinkers is inconsistent. Previous studies have…
In this study, among moderate drinkers in their early forties, an inverse association between moderate wine consumption and Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) mortality was observed. Norwegian researchers examined whether teetotalism explains the increased cardiovascular risk for non-drinkers and whether wine is a more favorable alcoholic beverage. They studied 115,592 men and women, aged 40-44 years, who participated in the “Age-40-program” in Norway. During the average follow-up period of 16 years, 550 cardiovascular deaths occurred. Teetotalers had a higher CVD mortality than…
In this prospective study of a Mediterranean population (more than 22,800 men and women), moderate drinkers compared to abstainer, had a lower risk of heart failure. Wine was the preferred alcoholic beverage. Heart failure (HF), often referred to as congestive heart failure, occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain the blood flow in order to meet the body's needs. The problem can originate from damage or overloading. Common causes of HF include high blood pressure, atrial…
The current systematic review suggests that the strongest adherence to a Mediterranean diet was inversely associated with cancer mortality and the risk of a variety of cancer types. Approximately, 5-10% of all tumor diseases are caused by genetic predisposition, while the remaining 90-95% can be explained by unfavorable environmental conditions or an unhealthy lifestyle. It has been suggested that 30% of cancers can be prevented by a healthy diet, however, food simultaneously can contain both ingredients that are protective and…
This meta-analysis showed an overall increased gastric cancer risk when consuming alcoholic beverages, however, the subgroup analysis revealed a protective effect among moderate drinking Europeans. Chinese scientists performed a meta-analysis (*) to explore the relationship between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and gastric cancer. The analysis included 23 cohort studies and a total of almost 6 million subjects. The results indicated that the consumption of alcoholic beverages increased gastric cancer risk by 17%, compared to alcohol abstinence. However, a subgroup…
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