Asked and Answered: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

Perhaps she should reconsider

Perhaps she should reconsider

You are reading P.D. Mangan’s blog and books, aren’t you? A sample:

“Heavy drinking has well-defined adverse effects, but we’re told that moderate drinking of a couple drinks daily may be protective when it comes to heart disease.Moderate drinking may be protective, or there may just be an association among intelligence, health, and drinking. And the protective effect of alcohol with regard to heart disease is typically seen in older populations and/or those who have a high background risk of heart disease.

If you’re in-shape and/or less than old, alcohol probably won’t decrease your risk of heart disease.However, moderate drinking can cause other illnesses, including cancer.

I’m forced to conclude that the benefits of alcohol have been overblown. However, in moderate drinking, the risks may be small — nonetheless, they are there.”

Source: How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? – Rogue Health and Fitness

Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents

From the American Academy of Pediatrics journal:

“Family involvement in the treatment of both adolescent obesity and EDs  [eating disorders] has been determined to be more effective than an adolescent-only focus. An integrated approach to the prevention of obesity and EDs focuses less on weight and more on healthy family-based lifestyle modification that can be sustained. Pediatricians can encourage parents to be healthy role models and supportively manage the food environment by creating easy accessibility to healthy foods (eg, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other legumes, and water) and by limiting the availability of sweetened beverages, including those containing artificial sweeteners, and other foods containing refined carbohydrates. Discussions between pediatricians and parents about increasing physical activity and limiting the amount of total entertainment screen time to less than 2 hours/day are important and may lead to changes in family behavior. Another area of prevention is avoiding the presence of a television in the teenager’s bedroom, because having a television in the room predicts significantly less physical activity as well as poorer dietary intakes compared with not having a television in the room. Other evidence-based approaches encourage parents to include more family meals, home-prepared meals, and meals with less distractions as well as fewer discussions about weight and about dieting. Understanding that poor body image can lead to an ED, parents should avoid comments about body weight and discourage dieting efforts that may inadvertently result in EDs and body dissatisfaction.

Source: Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents | From the American Academy of Pediatrics | Pediatrics

CPAP No Good For Secondary Prevention of Cardiac Events and Stroke 

But it does seem to help with snoring, daytime sleepiness, and quality of life.

From MedPageToday:

“Treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) did not reduce risk of recurrent coronary or cerebrovascular events, the randomized SAVE trial showed.

For people with coronary or cerebrovascular disease, treatment of moderate-to-severe OSA showed no advantage over usual care for the composite of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, or hospitalization for unstable angina, heart failure, or transient ischemic attack.”

Source: ESC: CPAP Flops for Secondary CV Prevention | Medpage Today

Some History Behind the DASH Diet

An article on the life and times of George Bray:

“With unparalleled resources to support basic science and clinical research, George [Bray] led research teams at Pennington Biomedical that have had a major influence on modern assumptions about the biology of obesity. The first major study in this category was the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, study. Pennington Biomedical and four other nutrition research leading centers initiated a feeding study that tested dietary patterns for effects on blood pressure. Given the hypothesis that magnesium, calcium, potassium, and fiber would have salutatory effects on blood pressure, the study tested increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products as sources of these factors. It produced clinically significant reductions of blood pressure in men and women of all ethnic groups (9). Because the dietary pattern translates into an easily understood public health message, the DASH diet has been considered one of the best diets in America and is recommended by most national guidelines.”

Source: George A. Bray, MD: Progress in Obesity—Multidisciplinary Research, Multidimensional Man | Diabetes Care

Being overweight or obese linked to increased risk of eight more cancers 

From MedicalNewsToday:

“A new study strengthens the link between obesity and cancer, after identifying a further eight cancers that are more likely to develop with excess weight, including stomach, pancreas, and liver cancers.

Researchers have associated excess weight with a further eight cancers.

But there is some good news; researchers say losing the excess weight and preventing further weight gain can help lower the risk of these cancers.”

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“The researchers found sufficient evidence to suggest excess weight can increase the risk of eight cancers, in addition to the five already identified. These cancers include:

Gall bladder cancer
Liver cancer
Meningioma – a form of brain tumor
Multiple myeloma – a type of blood cancer
Ovarian cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Thyroid cancer”

Source: Being overweight, obese linked to increased risk of eight more cancers – Medical News Today

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American Heart Association Recommends U.S. Children Reduce Sugar Consumption by Two Thirds of Current Levels


“Children and adolescents should consume no more than 25 grams of added sugars a day, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The statement in Circulation addresses the health concerns in young children and adolescents as a result of consumption of added sugars, such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, and insulin resistance leading to type 2 diabetes.”

Source: AHA: Restrict Kids to 25 Grams or Less of Daily Added Sugar | Medpage Today

Family, not friends, lowers death risk in old age 

I thought close friends would also improve longevity. But not this time:

“It is no secret that being around friends and family in older age can benefit health; loneliness among seniors has been linked to increased risk of depression, heart disease, and more. According to a new study, however, only family can lower mortality risk in later life.

Having more family and feeling closer to relatives in later life may improve longevity.Lead author James Iveniuk, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues found that older adults who have more family members and who are closer to their family have a lower risk of death, though the same link could not be made with friends.”

Source: Family, not friends, lowers death risk in older age – Medical News Today