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In these two prospective cohorts of older Spanish adults, a moderate intake of alcoholic beverages was associated with a lower risk of limitations in mobility, agility and instrumental activities of daily living. Several studies have linked a moderate intake of alcoholic beverages to a lower frequency of limitations in activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), in walking 2-3 blocks and climbing stairs. However, no previous investigation has assessed this association in older adults from Mediterranean…
This prospective study of middle-aged US women found that participants with higher intakes of specific flavonoid-rich foods, such as red wine, blueberries, strawberries, peppers and tea, had a lower all-cause mortality risk. Higher intakes of specific flavonoids (*) and flavonoid-rich foods have been linked to reduced mortality from specific vascular diseases and cancers. However, the importance of flavonoid-rich foods, and flavonoids in preventing all-cause mortality remains uncertain. Researchers from Harvard University in Boston (USA) therefore examined the association between the…
In this critical review, the effect of moderate intake of alcoholic beverages on cardiovascular and liver disease in patients with Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD) was examined. Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD) is defined as the presence of fat in the liver (hepatic steatosis) after the excluding secondary causes of fat accumulation in the liver (e.g. significant alcohol consumption, certain medications, and other medical conditions). NAFLD is now the most common chronic liver disease in high-income countries, and it is estimated to affect at least 25%–40%…
Moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and red wine may have beneficial effects on processes that are involved in atherothrombosis. A healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish, low in dairy products and with moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and red wine is associated with a better cardiovascular health. Endothelial dysfunction (*) and low-grade inflammation are key factors in the development of cardiovascular diseases and seem to be influenced by diet. The diet of 822 participants was assessed by a…
The results of this large British study showed that the association between alcohol intake and mortality risk was moderated by physical activity. Among drinking “couch potatoes” (inactive participants not meeting the recommendation of minimal physical activity per week), a clear dose-response risk for cancer mortality - from drinking within the guidelines and up to a harmful level - was observed. High consumption of alcoholic beverages is linked to an increased risk of all-cause and cancer mortality and certain cardiovascular diseases…
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