The real effects of drinking red wine (and they are not what you think)

We continuously hear that drinking a glass of red wine a day (not white) reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems, prevents depression and slows the onset of type 2 diabetes. However, the favorite liquid of the SpaniardsIf it is consumed in excess, it raises blood pressure, puts on weight and increases our risk of suffering some types of cancer (like any other alcoholic beverage), therefore, we have both sides of a coin.

So, given such polarity of opinions, it is normal that we feel a bit confused about the true benefits of wine. How many times, however, have you decided to have a glass of wine instead of a beer, just for its innumerable benefits? Is it good or not? Health experts are unconvinced about it. "We are used to hearing that red wine produces many benefits for heart health, but many experts disagree or convince with this statement. There are no studies that definitely prove that drinking it helps reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems," pick up 'Buzz60'.

Yes or no

Generally and as with everything, it is advised that it should not be abused. One glass a day is recommended for women and two for men, but a study published recently in 'The Lancet' and funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does not seem to agree with that. The researchers conducted a meta-analysis with data collected between 1990 and 2016 on alcohol consumption and 592 studies on the risks it produces for health. They concluded that alcohol was the source of one in ten deaths worldwide.

One glass per day is recommended for women and two for men, but the latest research explains that there is no beneficial consumption

"We are used to hearing that a drink or two a day is fine, but the most surprising finding is that even the smallest amounts of consumption contribute to reduce health. The evidence is the evidence, "explained the professor at the University of Washington, Emmanuela Gakidou, author of the study.

'BMC Public Health' also collected a study that alluded to the ignorance we have of alcohol-induced cancers: "You hear a lot about how bad tobacco is, but a real comparison with alcoholic beverages should be established, with which we would undoubtedly learn many things, "he said. A conclusion was reached: one bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased risk of cancer in women, mainly breast cancer.

So, why do you continually talk about its benefits? They explained it in a study conducted by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev which was published in 'Annals of Internal Medicine'. The investigation pointed out that drinking a glass of wine at night during dinner could be beneficial For people with diabetes. To reach this conclusion, Israeli scientists selected 224 people with this profile who, in addition, did not drink wine daily and assigned them to three groups, who had to drink a 150 ml glass of the following drinks every night with dinner : red wine, white wine and mineral water.

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption, but no driving and that does not mean you can not drive

The participants followed this routine for two years during which they had to fill in a series of questionnaires. At the end of the experiment, people in the red wine group had better cholesterol levels than the participants who had drunk water. Chance? The plausible explanation given by the doctors was that the benefits could not be associated exclusively with their consumption, but that, perhaps, the people who participated in the research also took a healthier diet.

Be that as it may, and as nobody seems to agree at the moment, the only thing that is clear is that you should not abuse it and that, in case you want to drink it, try to have only one drink a day that is the only one that, According to the evidence, it could help decrease the metabolic syndrome that is usually associated with diabetes. As Gakidou and his colleagues explained at the end of the study: "This does not mean that we recommend absolute abstention. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption, but there is no safe driving level and that does not mean that you cannot drive", They concluded. Yours, therefore, is the last word, until the investigations proceed.

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