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Drinking moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages may protect from developing a fatty liver which has become an endemic disorder. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become an endemic disorder. It is the most common liver disease, not only in the Western world but also in Asia. NAFLD is the consequence of a modern Western lifestyle: too much caloric intake together with too little physical activity are considered to be the major risk factors. An estimated 20 to 40 % of…
A large prospective study has shown, for the first time, a long-term beneficial effect of moderate wine consumption on the risk of diabetes in overweight women. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by adequate lifestyle changes. Research suggests that weight loss is the main factor to reduce diabetes risk. Alcohol is one of the dietary factors that has been consistently associated with diabetes and a U-shaped relationship has been suggested. So far, no prospective study has simultaneously assessed the relationship…
For the first time, it was demonstrated that moderate consumption of red wine could modulate the inflammatory intestinal response in healthy volunteers. The potential anti-inflammatory effects of red wine and its bio-active compounds, polyphenols in particular, are subject to continuous investigations. Because of the observed protective effects of wine polyphenols in the inflammatory response (*), it was proposed to use phenolic compounds as an alternative to prevent or treat chronic inflammatory diseases. No in vivo studies have been carried out…
A meta-analysis indicated less progression to chronic kidney disease in individuals consuming alcoholic beverages. A meta-analysis investigated the association between a high consumption of alcoholic beverages and progression of kidney damage including chronic kidney disease (CKD) and proteinuria end-stage renal disease (ESRD) (*). Twenty studies with a total of 292,431 patients were included. The relative risk of CKD, and proteinuria was reduced by 17 % and 15 % even with high alcohol consumption. ESRD and high alcohol intake were not…
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:04

Drinking pattern and chronic kidney disease

Responsible drinking pattern might reduce risk of chronic kidney disease. A Japanese study examined whether the drinking pattern combined with the weekly frequency of alcohol consumption and the quantity per drinking day is associated with the risk of CKD. 9,112 Japanese non-diabetic men, aged 40 to 55 years, participated and were classified into non-drinkers, 1-3 drinking days/week and 4-7 drinking days/week. The amount consumed per drinking day was 0.1-23.0 g ethanol/drinking day, 23.1-46.0 g ethanol/drinking day, 46.1-69.0 g ethanol/drinking day,…
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