Category: Aging

Enlarged Prostate Risk Reduced by Drinking Alcohol

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About half of men 50 years of age suffer from an enlarged prostate. When not caused by cancer, it’s called benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH). The condition causes urination problems. The proportion of sufferers increases to about 80% at age 70. So it’s a very common problem. Fortunately, enlarged prostate risk is reduced by drinking alcohol. …

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Moderate Alcohol Drinking and Lower Risk of Dementia: What You Should Know

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The Study Researchers conducted a study of 3,069 community-living adults aged 75 years and older. All were participants in the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study (GEMS).  That’s a federal research project. It reported a strong association between moderate drinking and lower risk of dementia. At the beginning of the study, 2,587 of the participants were …

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Drinking Alcohol and Gallstone & Gallbladder Disease Risk

Alcohol and gallstone disease. Are they related? Yes. Drinking alcohol reduces the risk of developing gallstone and gallbladder disease.  I. Research on Alcohol and Gallstone Disease Here is some of the research. • Researchers followed 1,290,413 women in the UK for over six years. Drinking reduced the risk of developing gallstone disease. Those who had …

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Drinking and Dementia, Alzheimer’s, & Memory Loss

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The relationship between drinking and dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s, is an important matter. It effects millions of people, their loved ones, and governments. Medical research has shown that moderate drinking reduces the risk of dementia. This includes Alzheimer’s disease. The alcohol can be beer, wine or spirits. However, abstaining from alcohol increases the risk of …

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Drinking Alcohol and Risk of Frailty

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It could be expected that drinking alcohol reduces risk of frailty. That’s because drinking in moderation or even at fairly high levels reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These diseases contribute greatly to frailty among older men and women. This study looked at patterns of drinking alcohol and the risk of frailty. Researchers …

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Risk of Hip Fractures Reduced by Light to Moderate Drinking

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The risk of hip fractures is reduced by light to moderate drinking. The alcohol can be beer, wine, or spirits. Spirits are whiskey, gin, rum, rye, vodka, etc. Reducing risk is important. Hip fractures, especially among the elderly, are a common cause of disability and increase the risk of premature death. The major risk of …

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Risk of Dementia Reduced by Drinking Alcohol in Moderation

The risk of dementia is reduced by drinking alcohol in moderation. The alcohol consumed can be beer, wine, or spirits. It doesn’t matter. Dementia refers to a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It is not a disease. It is a result …

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Should Older People Drink Less Alcohol or More Alcohol?

Should older people drink alcohol less often? Should they drink less volume? Some writers urge that older people drink less alcohol. They think it would “protect their bodies and minds.”  But Dr. Erik Skovenborg disagrees. He says people don’t develop low alcohol tolerance when they turn 65. That idea “is a myth based on plain …

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