Monday, September 20, 2004

Here is something to wine about

n Eye-Popping Benefit of Drinking Wine Moderate consumption of wine may protect you from dying by any cause, especially heart disease. Why are Americans who have high blood pressure more likely to die from heart disease than those who also have high blood pressure but live in the Mediterranean? The researchers from Hospital Emile Roux in Limeil-Brévannes in France think the answer is wine consumption, reports the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study: Between 1978 and 1985, more than 36,000 healthy middle-aged men who were not taking drugs for risk factors known to cause heart disease, such as high blood pressure, were given a physical examination. Their drinking habits were noted. They were then followed for 13 to 21 years. During the study period, 4,203 of the men died.
The results: Moderate wine drinkers--no matter what their blood pressure--were significantly less likely to die from any cause. Here are the eye-popping numbers based on the average systolic (top number) blood pressure:--158 mm Hg: 23 percent lower risk of death than nondrinkers--139 mm Hg: 27 percent lower risk of death than nondrinkers--116 mm Hg: 37 percent lower risk of death than nondrinkers*Note that anything over 140 mm Hg is considered to be high blood pressure.
Moderation is key. One glass of wine contains 10.5 grams of alcohol, while a 12-ounce bottle of beer contains 11 to 14 grams of alcohol. Those who drank more than 60 grams a day of alcohol from wine or a combination of wine and beer did not enjoy these death protection benefits.

From wmconnect

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