Eureka reports on an interesting finding by a Czech researcher. Wine protects only those who also exercise from CVD.
Evidence suggesting that mild to moderate consumption of wine
protects against cardiovascular disease has been accumulating since the
early 1990s. In particular, retrospective studies have found that wine
increases levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol. But until now there has
been no long-term, prospective, randomised study comparing the effects
of red and white wine on HDL cholesterol and other markers of
atherosclerosis. The IVV study is the first long-term, prospective randomised
trial comparing the effect of red and white wine on markers of
atherosclerosis. The study included 146 people with mild to moderate
risk of cardiovascular disease according to the HeartScore .
Participants were randomised to one year of moderate consumption of red
wine (Pinot Noir) or white wine (Chardonnay-Pinot) from the same year
and wine region of the Czech Republic....
He added: "The only positive and continuous result was in the
subgroup of patients who took more exercise, which means regular
exercise at least twice a week, plus the wine consumption. In this group
HDL cholesterol increased and LDL and total cholesterol decreased in
the red and white wine groups. There may be some synergy between the low
dose of ethyl alcohol in wine and exercise which is protective against
Now this is interesting since having lived in Prague for a while I found the Czechs drink beer and the Slovaks drink wine, usually white. Also there is often a genetic tendency for very low HDL and at the same time low cholesterol, with very low risk of CVD.
Just what this all means I do not know but since it is the middle of Labor Day weekend I thought it would be worth a comment!
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