Wine Protects Against Heart Disease, But Only in Those Who Exercise
the MPR take:
Wine’s protective effects against cardiovascular disease are only seen in those who exercise, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress. The In Vino Veritas (IVV) trial is the first randomized study comparing the effects of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis in individuals at mild to moderate risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). 146 adults were assigned to one year of moderate consumption of red or white wine, defined as 0.2L for women and 0.3L for men, at a maximum of five times a week. The diets of the participants were unchanged. There were no differences in the HDL cholesterol levels after one year; LDL cholesterol was lower in both groups but total cholesterol was only lower in the red wine group. For the patients who exercised at least twice a week and consumed wine, both HDL cholesterol increased and LDL and total cholesterol decreased regardless of the type of wine. Future research will compare the effects of wine on markers of atherosclerosis in individuals at high risk for CVD who are on statin therapy and regularly exercise.
Red and white wines showed equal health benefits in new research—in people who exercise. Envious American eyes are on a study of regular wine consumption and its apparent health benefits. Red and white wine produced the same results.” For one year, subjects drank “moderate” amounts of wine five days per week.
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