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Daily Glass Of Wine Could Improve Liver Health
Science Daily ^ | 5-22-2008 | National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health

Posted on 05/21/2008 6:50:11 PM PDT by blam

Daily Glass Of Wine Could Improve Liver Health

For individuals who reported drinking up to one glass of wine per day, as compared to no alcohol consumption, the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease was cut in half, according to a new study. (Credit: iStockphoto)

ScienceDaily (May 22, 2008) — Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine are challenging conventional thinking with a study showing that modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may not only be safe for the liver, but may actually decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).

The study, which appears in the June 2008 issue of the journal Hepatology, showed that for individuals who reported drinking up to one glass of wine per day, as compared to no alcohol consumption, the risk of liver disease due to NAFLD was cut in half. In contrast, compared with wine drinkers, individuals who reported modest consumption of beer or liquor had over four (4) times the odds of having suspected NAFLD.

NAFLD is the most common liver disease in the United States, affecting over 40 million adults. Previous research has shown that as many as five percent of adults with NAFLD will develop cirrhosis. The major risk factors for NAFLD are similar to many of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease—obesity, diabetes, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Multiple studies have shown that modest alcohol consumption may reduce the risk for heart disease. However, recommendations for modest alcohol consumption in individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease have overlooked that these same people are also at an increased risk for NAFLD. Thus, there exists a dilemma as to whether modest alcohol consumption for the heart is safe in regards to the liver. The UC San Diego investigators sought to clarify this important question.

“The results of this study present a paradigm shift, suggesting that modest wine consumption may not only be safe for the liver but may actually decrease the prevalence of NAFLD. The odds of having suspected NAFLD based upon abnormal liver blood tests was reduced by 50 percent in individuals who drank one glass of wine a day,” said Jeffrey Schwimmer, M.D., associate professor of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine and Director, Fatty Liver Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The result remained constant, even after adjusting for age, sex, race, education, income, diet, physical activity, body mass index, and other markers of health status.

Research did not provide any support for drinking larger amounts. “We want to emphasize that people at risk for alcohol abuse should not consider consuming wine or any other alcoholic beverage,” said Schwimmer, who also pointed out that, although this is the first study to address this important dilemma, the findings do not address those who already have liver disease and should not be drinking alcohol at all.

“Because this effect was only seen with wine, not in beer or liquor, further studies will be needed to determine whether the benefits seen were due to the alcohol or non-alcohol components of wine,” added Schwimmer.

The cross-sectional, population-based study of nearly 12,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) included 7,211 nondrinkers and 4,543 modest alcohol drinkers. Modest alcohol consumption was defined as up to an average of one drink per day of either four ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or one ounce of liquor. NHANES is a large epidemiological survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The alcohol history was obtained by a trained interviewer, in a private room, to ensure confidentiality.

The study was funded in part with grants from the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (NIH NRSA) and from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health for the General Clinical Research Center at UC San Diego.

The research team included Schwimmer, Winston Dunn, M.D., division of gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, UC San Diego and Ronghui Xu, Ph.D., Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Department of Mathematics, UC San Diego.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: glass; health; liver; oenology; wine

1 posted on 05/21/2008 6:50:11 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Indeed!


2 posted on 05/21/2008 6:53:26 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The road to hell is paved with the stones of pragmatism.)
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To: Temple Owl

ping


3 posted on 05/21/2008 6:54:50 PM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: Temple Owl

ping


4 posted on 05/21/2008 6:54:51 PM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: blam

How about a few beers?


5 posted on 05/21/2008 6:55:29 PM PDT by wastedyears (Freedom is the right of all sentient beings. - Optimus Prime)
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To: blam

My liver’s gotta be downright bionic at this point.


6 posted on 05/21/2008 7:03:26 PM PDT by Huck ("Real" conservatives support OBAMA in 08 (that's how you know Im not a real conservative))
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To: blam

It’s like I always say, Jesus turned water into wine, not the other way around.


7 posted on 05/21/2008 7:03:58 PM PDT by Huck ("Real" conservatives support OBAMA in 08 (that's how you know Im not a real conservative))
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To: blam

I wonder if they distinguished red and white.


8 posted on 05/21/2008 7:07:32 PM PDT by ruination
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To: blam

Ridiculous.

Thousands of alcoholics die every time there is a report such as this released. The alcohol doesn’t help anything.

The same benefit would be achieved from drinking grape juice.


9 posted on 05/21/2008 7:10:58 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (The elephant has fallen and it can't get up.)
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To: blam

Would a fine glass of port and some nice cheese work as well?


10 posted on 05/21/2008 7:28:00 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: i_dont_chat
"The same benefit would be achieved from drinking grape juice."

I agree. And, eat your blueberry pie too.

11 posted on 05/21/2008 7:46:28 PM PDT by blam
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To: i_dont_chat

At least post a link before you spout off supposed facts.

From what I have read moderate alcohol consumption has health benefits.


12 posted on 05/21/2008 7:54:35 PM PDT by ChuckHam
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To: blam
Cheers!
13 posted on 05/21/2008 7:56:24 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: pandoraou812

health stuff ping


14 posted on 05/21/2008 8:05:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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To: i_dont_chat

Studies show that grape juice does not have the same benefits for the heart as red wine. I got that from a very well learned research physician whose specialty is pharmacology.


15 posted on 05/21/2008 8:09:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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To: blam

2 buck chuck bump


16 posted on 05/21/2008 8:10:19 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: TigersEye
My first gastro dr told me I could have a glass of wine a day. He also told me I was going to die lol. When you have chronic Hep C as I do its really better to just drink red grape juice. I read somewhere that when you have Hep C drinking alcohol is like tossing gasoline on your liver & lighting a match. So I don't drink. Now that the biopsy said I have no liver damage my new dr told me I could drink a bit here & there but whats the point? I like pomegranate juice.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-pomegranate-juice.htm

17 posted on 05/21/2008 8:15:46 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

How about a couple of Potato Vodkas and Tonics?


18 posted on 05/21/2008 8:39:01 PM PDT by gigster
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To: blam

“A man’s got to believe something, and I believe I’ll have another drink.” — W. C. Fields


19 posted on 05/21/2008 8:46:48 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: gigster

Are you trying to kill me? I used to love vodka in my baked potato with sour cream but those days are over for me.


20 posted on 05/21/2008 8:50:16 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

I know all that. ; ) I still thought this would be interesting.


21 posted on 05/21/2008 9:40:04 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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To: TigersEye

I do miss the baked potato & vodka though. It was a family tradition....pouting!


22 posted on 05/21/2008 9:55:16 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn! ...........^............)
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To: pandoraou812

You don’t eat a baked potato? With real butter and sour cream?


23 posted on 05/21/2008 9:58:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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