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A recent literature review evaluated the effects of wine consumption in the context of a Mediterranean diet and different chronic (non-communicable) diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia. Most of the scientific evidence of the last five years agrees that light to moderate wine consumption appears to have beneficial effects. Indeed, various studies have shown that following a healthy lifestyle such as eating a healthy diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and low in red meat) including a…
Wine consumption and cancer risk is a sensitive, emotional, and often discussed topic. What does the scientific evidence say? During the 2nd WIC webinar which took place on 30th September, Prof. Ramon Estruch gave a state-of-the-art review on the current scientific data. His presentation, clearly led to believe that simple and general conclusions on the association between the consumption of alcoholic beverages, in particular wine, and the risk of cancer cannot be drawn. Prof. Ramon Estruch (Doctor of Internal Medicine…
Science often tries to prove that moderate drinkers live longer and also without or fewer chronic diseases. British researchers examined whether – besides healthy lifestyle factors - the type of alcoholic beverage also may play a role. More than 500,000 participants (age 40-69 years) were followed up for seven years. Their consumption of alcoholic beverages was self-reported as pints of beer/cider, glasses of champagne/white wine, glasses of red wine and measures of spirits per week (*). While the risk of…
The research group from the University of Navarra have recently published two additional studies relating to the SUN (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra) study. The first study investigated several lifestyle factors and all-cause mortality risk in more than 20,000 participants who were followed up for 10.8 years. A 10-point healthy lifestyle score (HLS) was assigned to the following lifestyle-related factors (some of them less-studied): never smoking, moderate-to-high physical activity, moderate-to-high Mediterranean diet adherence, healthy body mass index, moderate alcohol consumption, avoidance…
In this large prospective study, the combined effects of the Mediterranean diet and Mediterranean alcohol drinking pattern was not significantly higher than their individual effects, however, a low adherence to both was associated with two-fold higher rates of all-cause mortality compared to subjects with a high adherence to both patterns. The association was similar for cancer and cardiovascular mortality. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) have been widely studied. Controversy remains, however, for one of its main components:…
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