Sickness Prevention

Drinking may reduce stroke risk


Eating right and exercising can be hard work, but these are important parts of sickness prevention, since a poor diet and obesity are associated with an increased risk for a number of conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. However, sickness prevention doesn't always have to be a chore, as researchers have recently found that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of stroke in women.

In the past, several studies have associated light drinking with a decreased risk of heart disease, but results were unclear when it came to stroke. Scientists from Boston University Medical Center discovered that the risk of stroke was significantly lower among women who engaged in light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, which is defined as about one drink a day.

However, it is important to point out that three drinks a day was associated with an increased risk of stroke. Also, research suggested that any amount of alcohol consumption may increase stroke risk, but that was not seen in this study. Women should ask their doctor about alcohol consumption and stroke risk.

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