Moderate Drinking Reduces Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome refers to a dangerous cluster of conditions that can lead to diabetes and heart disease. The components of the syndrome are a large waist circumference, high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, high triglyceride levels, and low levels of HDL (the "good" cholesterol).

Researchers at Boston Medical Center analyzed data from 8,125 participants in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. They found that drinkers had a 43 percent lower chance of having Metabolic Syndrome than did abstainers or non-drinkers.

After taking into account age, sex, race, education, income, tobacco use, physical activity, and diet, the researchers found that subjects who consumed 1-19 alcoholic drinks per month had a 35% reduction in risk, and those who had 20 or more drinks each month had a 66% reduction in risk of Metabolic Syndrome.

The findings appear in Diabetes Care, published by the American Diabetes Association.


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  • Metabolic Syndrome in the US: A cross-sectional analysis of data from The
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Diabetes Care, 2004,
  • 27(11), 2954-22959.

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