Here’s some good news for beer lovers out there: a new study revealed that beer or two can reduce the risks of heart disease.
That beer belly might save your life after all.
A study finds that enjoying a beer a day may help lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.
The study of 80,000 healthy adults in China found the natural decline in high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is what we refer to as “good” cholesterol, in the body was slowed by a moderate intake of alcohol. In looking at how various types of alcohol raised or lowered one’s risk, researchers determined that HDL levels decreased the slowest among those who drank moderate amounts (one serving a day for women and two for men) of beer.
“Among hard liquor drinkers, only self-reported light (men drinking less than 1 serving a day; women drinking zero to .4 servings daily) to moderate drinking resulted in slower rates of HDL decline,” according to a release.
The decrease in HDL levels was not as slow for heavy drinkers or folks who abstained from alcohol completely.
The research did not yield enough data on the effect of HDL decline from wine consumption to be able to draw conclusions.
“Almost without exception if you look at fatal and non fatal heart disease, people who drink in moderation have substantially lower rates than people who abstain,” study author Shue Huang told RT. “All the more reason to raise a glass – but probably not more than that.”
Scientists from the Meditteranean Neurological Institute in Italy said drinking a moderate amount of beer can be good for the heart, reducing the risk of heart attacks by up to 25 percent.
The study, published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease, was based on a review of more than 150 studies. It revealed that drinking up to two 1.4 pints of beer a day for men, and half of that for women, could be good for the heart, as per The Telegraph
“Epidemiological studies suggest that moderate consumption of either beer or wine may confer greater cardiovascular protection than spirits,” said the scientists in their abstract.