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The findings of a meta analysis indicate that that the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages can be a preventive factor in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by chronic destructive debilitating arthritis and affects approximately 1% of the adult population. It is thought to be the result from the interaction between environmental and genetic factors. Alcohol consumption is believed to play a role as preventive factor but findings of its effect…
Individuals who experience facial flushing after drinking alcoholic beverages may have a higher risk for hypertension. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is a risk factor for hypertension. Facial flushing after drinking is a typical symptom of high alcohol sensitivity. A Korean study now assessed the association between facial flushing and hypertension in a population of drinkers and non-drinkers. After adjusting for age, body mass index, exercise status, and smoking status, the risk of hypertension was significantly increased when flushers consumed…
Postmenopausal women who prefer wine, experience fewer hip fractures compared to women who are non-drinkers, past drinkers and those with preferences for other alcoholic beverages. Hip fractures are a major public health problem worldwide, contributing to a decreased quality of life and premature death. Most hip fractures occur in women and older age significantly increases the risk of fracture. Several studies already have looked at the relationships between alcohol and hip fracture but have generally focused on total alcohol consumed…
US researchers found that the consumption of alcoholic beverages may protect against the development of Metabolic Syndrome, in particular among overweight and/or obese individuals. Few studies have so far evaluated the effects of alcohol consumption on the incidence of the metabolic syndrome. Given the high prevalence of the MetS (23% in the US population), which increases the risk of developing type-2-diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it is important to understand the modifiable factors that can slow the progression of this disorder.…
A study from the University of Sydney (Australia) highlights the significant and long-term effects that alcohol misuse, particu­lar­­ly binge drinking, can have on the developing brain’s functions and structure in young people. The researchers reviewed 20 neuropsychological and neuro-imaging studies of young people between 13 and 24 years old, an age where the brain is particularly vulnerable to developmental changes. They found that excessive drinking in young people was marked by brain shrinkage and changes to white matter, and deficits…
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