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High fiber intake seems to decrease the risk of hormone dependent and possibly alcohol-related breast and prostate cancer. Intake of alcoholic beverages is associated with increased circulating concentrations of sex hormones, which in turn may increase hormone-dependent cancer risk (breast, prostate, ovarian, endometrial, and testicular). To examine the relation between the intake of alcoholic beverages and the risk of these hormone-dependent cancers and to investigate whether dietary fiber intake can modulate these associations, a prospective study including 3771 women and…
It seems that wine with its polyphenolic substances can influence the individual gut bacteria which in turn may be associated with significant positive health implications. Billions of bacteria inhabiting the large intestine form a very complex ecosystem called ‘intestinal microbiome’. Their metabolic capacity is estimated to be approximately 100-fold greater than the capacity of the liver because of the enormous diversity of bacterial species and the high number of genes they contain. Due to this multitude of direct and indirect…
Numerous studies have highlighted a link between alcohol abuse and the risk of developing cancer in general. However, the evidence is conflicting when it comes to moderate consumption, the beverage types and the risk of various cancer types. A prospective study including 124 193 people (Kaiser Permanente population), was conducted between 1978 and 2012. The results highlight a higher risk for heavy drinkers (more than three drinks/day) to develop cancer of the upper airway/digestive system, lung, colorectal, female breast cancer…
Among patients with chronic heart failure, moderate daily wine consumption was associated with a lower severity of heart failure, better perceived quality of life and less vascular inflammation. Moderate, regular consumption of alcoholic beverages is generally associated with a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. To evaluate the relation between wine consumption and health status in a large Italian population of patients with chronic heart failure (HF), Italian cardiologists conducted a multicenter clinical trial. 6973 patients were enrolled in the…
Moderate wine consumption seems to be associated with a lower risk of alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The risk of alcoholic cirrhosis among 55,917 participants (aged 50-64 years) in the Danish Cancer, Diet, and Health study was investigated by Danish researchers. During 18 years of follow-up, 257 and 85 incident cases of alcoholic cirrhosis among men and women, respectively, were observed. No cases were found among lifetime abstainers. The risk for alcoholic cirrhosis in relation to drinking frequency, lifetime alcohol amount, and…
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