Medical News Today: Over 65? Careful With That Cocktail Or Glass of Wine
By Honor Whiteman, MNT Staff Writer // May 29, 2015
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The health benefits of including a moderate amount of alcohol in the diet have been vigorously debated, and previous research tends to favor light to moderate drinking as a protection against heart disease.
However, this Medical News Today report chronicles the findings of recent research that suggests that even moderate drinking may have a negative impact on heart health in people over 65.
— Dr. Jim Palermo, Editor-in-Chief
Moderate Drinking Linked To Heart Damage In The Elderly
MEDICAL NEWS TODAY — Elderly men who consume at least two alcoholic beverages daily may be damaging their heart, according to a new study, with elderly women at risk of heart damage with just one drink a day.
Published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging – a journal of the American Heart Association – the study also reveals that severity of heart damage increases alongside a rise in alcohol intake.
The research team, including senior author Dr. Scott Solomon, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of noninvasive cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – both in Boston, MA – says their findings “reinforce” guidelines recommending that when people drink, they should do so in moderation.
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