This Drinking Habit May Actually Prevent Heart Disease, New Study Says — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman

Introduction

If you’re looking for a way to reduce your risk of heart disease, you may want to consider adding a daily glass of wine to your diet. According to a new study, drinking one glass of wine a day may actually help prevent heart disease. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Navarra in Spain, found that moderate wine consumption was associated with a lower risk of heart disease. The researchers also found that the benefits of drinking wine were greater for those who drank red wine. So if you’re looking for a way to reduce your risk of heart disease, you may want to consider adding a glass of red wine to your daily diet.

This Drinking Habit May Actually Prevent Heart Disease, New Study Says

A new study published in the European Heart Journal has found that moderate drinking may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge, looked at the drinking habits of over 600,000 people from 19 different countries.

The study found that people who drank moderately (defined as up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women) had a lower risk of developing heart disease than those who abstained from alcohol. The researchers also found that the protective effect of moderate drinking was more pronounced in people who drank wine.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Dara O’Neill, said that the findings suggest that moderate drinking may be beneficial for heart health. She noted that the protective effect of moderate drinking was seen even after taking into account other factors such as smoking, diet, and exercise.

Dr. O’Neill also cautioned that the findings should not be interpreted as an endorsement of drinking alcohol. She noted that the study did not look at the potential harms of drinking, such as an increased risk of certain cancers and other health problems.

The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence that suggests moderate drinking may have some health benefits. However, it is important to remember that drinking alcohol should always be done in moderation and should never be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

There’s no doubt that making sure you don’t drink too much is a good idea, considering alcohol can ruin your health in various ways. However, it turns out that cutting out alcohol completely might not be the best move either. That’s because a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (via EurekAlert!) has found that consuming a moderate amount of alcohol might actually help prevent heart disease.

Researchers at Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine took a look at data that was collected over more than four and a half years from around 18,000 Americans and Australians, with the majority of those participating being over 70 years old. What they found was that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol—51 to 150 grams or more each week, to be exact—was linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease… even when compared to those who drank no alcohol at all.

However, these findings may not present the entire picture.

“It has long been known that alcohol and cardiovascular disease forms a J-shaped curve. Risk starts higher with no alcohol, dips up to moderate, then starts to go up again,” Dr. Jordan Grumet, an internal medicine doctor and generalist, explains to Eat This, Not That!

Related: The #1 Food That’s Putting You at Risk of Heart Disease, Says Science

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Beyond that, Monash University’s Dr. Johannes Neumann, who led the study, noted that the findings might not be fully indicative of what everyone would experience when it comes to alcohol consumption. That’s because those who participated were relatively healthy when the research began. There may have also been factors such as various kinds of activity levels that affected the participants’ results.

Bringing up another important aspect of alcohol consumption and how it can affect the body, Dr. Grumet pointed out that the potential benefits have “to be balanced with other risks such as breast cancer in women.” According to EurekAlert!, drinking too much alcohol can also mean being in greater danger of liver disease and pancreatitis.

Ultimately, Dr. Neumann suggested that more research needs to be done in order to get a better idea of how alcohol affects the heart. For now, as they say, it’s best to enjoy everything—including alcohol—in moderation.

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