Saturday , October 23 2021

And in the end, is wine good for health or not?


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Three in four Argentine doctors recommend drinking wine in moderation and a totally contraindicated, according to research recently presented at an international conference and coordinated by the cardiologist Ricardo López Santi, which showed that there is no agreement between professionals about the consumption of this drink.

The study, carried out between 745 doctors Argentinos –671 cardiologists, 18 specialists in internal medicine,17 general practitioners 36 other specialties – and presented in the World Congress of Cardiology, which was held this month in Dubai, was endorsed by Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC) and approved by the Research Ethics Board of the University of Queen, Canada.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), the recommended daily measure, technically known as UBE (Standard Drinking Unit), contains 10 grams of alcoholequivalent to a 100-milliliter glass of wine, a 250-pound beer, or a glass of 30-milliliter whiskey.

In addition, the measurements differ by gender: due to differences in metabolism, two UBE are recommended for men and one for women per day.

Concerning perceptions about moderate alcohol intake, 71% of physicians in the country think that moderate consumption "is beneficial" for cardiovascular health, although half (36%) affirm that this effect occurs "especially with red wine".

Meanwhile, 24% (179/737) considered that "any consumption is harmful", while the remaining 5% (37/737) had other opinions.

The study found that three in four doctors recommend their patients to drink in moderation, while one totally contraindicates.

"The excessive consumption of alcohol establishes a health risk, since according to the WHO it appears as the cause of more than 200 diseases that determine 3.3 million deaths per year"said Lopez Santi.

"There is a double glance: on the one hand, excessive consumption can cause damage to various organs, including the heart, causing dilation and heart failure, while moderate consumption, especially of red wine, shows evidence of fewer individuals with coronary artery disease ", he said.

He continued: "This has drawn attention, especially after studies published in the 1990s that analyzed the diet of the French, with a high fat content and, contrary to expectations, with a lower presence of coronary disease."

"This is known as the French paradox and was attributed to the moderate and regular consumption of wine, so it is estimated that drinking 200 cubic centimeters of wine five times a week may be the appropriate dose for men and half for women, "he said.

Asked about differences in doctors' recommendations, Lopez Santi commented that the study he coordinated alongside the Canadian Adrian Baranchuk "I was looking for answers."

"More than 80 percent of the physicians interviewed said they were not satisfied with their level of knowledge of international consumption guidelines and said that these measures are confusing and four out of ten said they did not know them directly," he said.

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