Moderate drinking reduces metabolic syndrome risk. This is important because the syndrome increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These are all serious diseases. Metabolic syndrome consists of excess body fat around the waist, high blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, and high cholesterol levels.
Researchers looked at drinking and metabolic syndrome among Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. A total of 15,905 participants aged 18-74 were studied. They were categorized as never, former, occasional, low, moderate, or heavy drinkers.
The investigators found that low and moderate consumption of alcohol was associated with lower rates of metabolic syndrome.
This finding is consistent with those from other populations around the world.
Source: Vidot, D., et al. Alcohol consumption and metabolic syndrome among Hispanics/Latinos: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Metab Syndr Relat Disord, June 15, 2016. [Epub ahead of print.]
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