3.27.2012

Wine Wonderful?


I saw this article from Prevention via Fit Sugar and it got me really excited. According to a study by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA women who drank 1-2 glasses of wine a day were less likely to gain weight than non-drinkers over a 13 year period.

Yes!  According to this amazing news, I don't have to give up wine in my quest to stay lean and fit. Fabulous! I can still enjoy the time at the end of every day when I sit down with my glass of Cabernet and unwind.

This article sparked my curiosity, what other studies are out there on wine?  I set off to find more.

Here is a quick summary of what I found. Wine wonderful? You decide.

Alcohol and Stroke-As reported in Time Healthland, Researchers at Brigham and Women's in Boston, MA found that women who reported low to moderate amounts of alcohol consumption had lower risk for stroke. Components of the alcohol prevent blood clots and promote HDL (good) cholesterol. The study does caution that heavy drinking can lead to adverse stroke effects. It also emphasizes that if you do not drink you do not need to start. There are other ways to improve stroke risk with other lifestyle modifications.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer- A study done in 2011 by Brigham and Women's indicates that alcohol consumption does increase the risk for breast cancer. However, if you choose to drink wine, A study done by Cedar-Sinai Medical Center published in The Journal of Women's Health indicates that choosing red wine over white wine could reduce the risk of breast cancer by slightly lowering estrogen levels in pre-menopausal women.

Alcohol and Weight-This study done at Brigham and Women's showed that women who consumed one alcholoic beverage a day were less likely to gain weight than those who did not drink.

Red Wine and other Health Benefits-
A study by Yale-New Haven Hospital shows that red wine improves heart health by reducing LDL cholesterol, boosting, HDL cholesterol and reducing clotting.


An interesting take on the data from ABC news...

What do you think? Will you still enjoy your alcohol in moderation?

2 comments:

  1. Interesting post Laura! I don't drink a glass a wine a day...I tend to have a few glasses on the weekend...but some of the benefits make me want to now! :-)

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  2. Either way Sarah I think you are on the right track. It sounds like moderation is best!

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