Moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, or distilled spirits such as whiskey, gin or vodka) may protect against leg or lower-extremity arterial disease (LEAD) among older persons, according to study of 5,635 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study.
Leg artery disease or LEAD is a condition in which arteries in the legs become clogged with fatty plaque deposits that reduce blood flow to the legs. Symptoms include pain, burning, aching, skin color changes, non-healing sores and coolness in the legs and feet.
Researchers found that men and women who consumed from one to 13 servings of alcohol per week had a 44% lower risk of LEAD, compared to those who abstained from alcohol drinks.
Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal, head of the research team, said that "These results are consistent with the long-standing observation that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack, which is also caused by blockages in arteries."
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