Alcohol and Heart Health

CardiologyI had a discussion with someone just the other day about alcohol and heart health.  We’ve all heard that some wine can be good for your heart, but back when I took a few health classes several years ago, I was told the most recent study simply states ‘some alcohol’ and that it doesn’t have to be wine.  The person I was talking to didn’t believe me, and I agreed the newest study might be different, so that just means it is time to find the answer. 

According to the American Heart Association, “The best-known effect of alcohol is a small increase in HDL cholesterol.”  Which means that I was right, it is alcohol in general.  (HA!) However, there isn’t enough evidence, according to the American Heart Associaiton, from the studies done to really say ‘3 servings of alcohol per week is good for your heart,’ which is what the study was when I was in school. 

“How alcohol or wine affects cardiovascular risk merits further research, but right now the American Heart Association does not recommend drinking wine or any other form of alcohol to gain these potential benefits.”

Now, don’t forget that “Drinking too much alcohol can raise the levels of some fats in the blood (triglycerides) (tri-GLIS’er-idz). It can also lead to high blood pressure, heart failure and an increased calorie intake.”  So don’t overdo it!!

 

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