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A Glass Of Wine A Day Is Not A Universal Prescription For Heart Health

January 30, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Not all people who enjoy a glass of wine each day can expect a cardio-protective effect from the drink, according to Canadian and German researchers who conducted a meta-analysis of 44 studies involving nearly a million people and 38,627 ischemic heart disease events, including death. The researchers found that the protective effect can vary by sex, drinking patterns, and other health factors. Alcohol consumption can also be detrimental in the presence of other health problems, such as cancer. “Any advice by physicians on individual drinking has to take the individual risk constellation … into consideration,” the researchers said.
Michael Roerecke & Jürgen Rehm, "The cardioprotective association of average alcohol consumption and ischemic heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis", Addiction, January 30, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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