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The findings of recent studies suggest that despite the dangers of heavy drinking, moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages may lower the risk of the development of heart failure….. A group of scientists evaluated the association between moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and risk for heart failure (HF). They examined 14,629 participants of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study without existing HF at baseline (1987-89) and followed them for 24 years (1). Self-reported alcohol consumption was assessed as the number…
In obese individuals, the moderate intake of alcoholic beverages may protect from fatty liver disease. The relation between habitual intake of alcoholic beverages and obesity in the development of fatty liver disease was assessed by Japanese researchers. 8,029 subjects undergoing abdominal ultrasonography were enrolled in the study. Moderate intake of alcoholic beverages was a significant protective factor for fatty liver in both male and female obese subjects. However, the results showed that heavy alcohol intake (more than 50 g/day) was…
Drinking moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages may protect from developing a fatty liver which has become an endemic disorder. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become an endemic disorder. It is the most common liver disease, not only in the Western world but also in Asia. NAFLD is the consequence of a modern Western lifestyle: too much caloric intake together with too little physical activity are considered to be the major risk factors. An estimated 20 to 40 % of…
A large prospective study has shown, for the first time, a long-term beneficial effect of moderate wine consumption on the risk of diabetes in overweight women. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by adequate lifestyle changes. Research suggests that weight loss is the main factor to reduce diabetes risk. Alcohol is one of the dietary factors that has been consistently associated with diabetes and a U-shaped relationship has been suggested. So far, no prospective study has simultaneously assessed the relationship…
For the first time, it was demonstrated that moderate consumption of red wine could modulate the inflammatory intestinal response in healthy volunteers. The potential anti-inflammatory effects of red wine and its bio-active compounds, polyphenols in particular, are subject to continuous investigations. Because of the observed protective effects of wine polyphenols in the inflammatory response (*), it was proposed to use phenolic compounds as an alternative to prevent or treat chronic inflammatory diseases. No in vivo studies have been carried out…
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