Here's a study many of you will love to hear about! Researchers in Germany recently published a study in the March 2nd issue of Age and Aging suggesting that a daily drink or two may help protect our brains from Alzheimer's disease and/or other forms of dementia! In the study, the drinking habits of more than 3,300 older patients of German primary care doctors were analyzed over 3 years and those that drank a light to moderate amount of alcohol were less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimers! This is very interesting news for our rapidly aging population. As many of you know, the Baby Boomer generation is coming of age and a dramatic age shift is occurring in the U.S.
Now don't all rush out to the bars and start pounding away at drinks. (Although if I was a bar owner, I may use this study to entice people to come in on a regular basis). The authors emphasized "light to moderate" consumption of alcohol. This generally means no more than 1 drink for women per day and no more than 2 drinks for men per day. This emphasis is likely due to the increased risk of cancer (mostly breast) and weight gain caused by higher rates of alcohol consumption. There are many other health problems with drinking heavily, as you all are aware of.
Now I know that many of you are thinking, "Hmm, does it matter what TYPE of alcohol I drink?". According to a study I recently read, it does NOT! Red wine is ideal as it has extra antioxidants from its rich tannins, however, white wine and other distilled alcohols provide the same health effects as the red stuff (assuming they're being drunk at light to moderate levels).
So, in honor of a delayed St. Patrick's Day greeting...Slainte!
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Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB in June, 2011. She then completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, during which she simultaneously underwent an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.