The Effect of Moderate Wine Consumption on Hypertension
Hypertension or high blood pressure can be caused by a multitude of factors. One of the most important is the build up of cholesterol or plaque on arterial walls. This puts an incredible amount of stress on the heart, causing it to work significantly harder to do the same job.
In Thadhani et. al.’s study, Prospective study of moderate alcohol consumption and risk of hypertension among young women, they investigated the effect of differing levels of alcohol consumption and hypertension. The study was conducted over an eight year period with over 70,000 subjects.
Thadani et. al. found that the relationship between wine consumption and hypertension shows a “J” shaped curve. This indicates that moderate alcohol consumption decreases the risk of hypertension. Although promising, the risk of developing hypertension increased linearly with the number of drinks consumed per day.
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