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The findings of this review indicate that binge drinking is associated with a higher risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in middle-aged and older adults. The binge drinking pattern among young adults may also be related to future cardiovascular disease risk in older age. The majority of research data on the drinking pattern has concluded that while truly moderate drinking may have favorable effects on most types of cardiovascular disease (CVD), heavy drinking and specially heavy episodic drinking…
The results of the large prospective EPIC study suggest that dietary fiber can modulate the risk of breast cancer for women who consume alcoholic beverages moderately. Alcohol intake has been related to an increased risk of breast cancer (BC) while a diet rich in dietary fiber has the opposite effect. To investigate the role of dietary fiber as a modifying factor of the association between alcohol intake and BC, data from the EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and…
This meta-analysis indicates that the intake of alcoholic beverages has divergent effects on the stroke types: moderate drinking reduced the risk of ischemic stroke and was not associated with hemorrhagic stroke subtypes whereas heavy drinking was clearly linked to an increased risk of all stroke types, especially for hemorrhagic strokes. Whether light-to-moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is protective against stroke, and whether this association differs by stroke type, is controversial. Swedish researchers conducted a meta-analysis to summarize the evidence from…
On the one hand, moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages has been associated with a lower risk of diabetes, on the other hand, the results of the current study suggest that excessive drinking decreases the HbA1c level and might thus interfere with the diagnosis of diabetes and pre diabetes. Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a measure to identify the three-month average plasma glucose concentration and is used for the diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Since few studies have investigated the clinical significance…
The current study showed that a moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages may decrease the risk of frailty in older age and lower inflammation might be a possible mechanism for these positive health outcomes. Frailty is an indicator of late-life decline marked by higher rates of disability and healthcare utilisation. Research has linked health benefits with moderate intake of alcoholic beverages, including a lower risk of frailty. US scientists examined the influence of inflammation (with C-reacitve protein as marker of inflammation)…

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