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Two recent publications have reviewed the scientific evidence concerning the effects/impact of moderate wine consumption on human health. One paper(1) gathered strong scientific arguments in favor of a low and moderate wine consumption as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle with special consideration of the wine-derived polyphenols. The other review(2) summarised the accumulated evidence correlating moderate red wine consumption with prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD) and focused on the different mechanisms underlying this relationship…… There seems to be…
In this Health and Retirement Study (HRS), moderate drinkers of middle and older ages had a lower mortality rate compared to lifetime abstainers. The HRS study is among the largest and well-designed studies of older adults (> 56 years of age) anywhere in the world. The 8000 participants were followed over a period of 15 years to assess the relationship between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and mortality risk. Their drinking habits, chronic health conditions and ability to manage daily…
A J-shaped relationship between long-term moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages and self-rated health was found in the Stockholm Public Health Cohort… Lifestyle factors and longstanding illnesses were assessed among over 30 000 individuals over a period of 12 years. Moderate drinkers showed the lowest likelihood of poor self-rated health whereas former sick quitters had the highest odds of rating their health as poorly and experiencing psychological distress. Gemes, K. et al Alcohol consumption trajectories and self-rated health: finding from the…
Scientists have recently entered the scientific debate to discuss previous and current criticisms of the J-shaped curve between wine/alcohol consumption and lower total mortality risk….. Almost a century ago, a study found that moderate drinkers of alcoholic beverages seem to live longer than those who abstain and those who drink heavily. Since then, many studies have shown such a J-shaped relationship between wine/alcohol consumption and the risk to die from any kind of disease (all-cause mortality risk). The lowest risk…
In this study, the association between the consumption of specific alcoholic beverages and hip fractures was examined. Data from the Nurses Health Study and from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study were assessed and pointed toward a lower risk of fractures in moderate wine drinkers, especially among women who consumed red wine. The researchers explained this observation by pointing out to the content of flavonoids in red wine which are potent antioxideants. It has indeed been shown that aging may lead…
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