Red Wine, When One is One Too Many – and Other Stuff

by DavalosMcCormack on February 13, 2008

Now here’s a job I want to apply for, a volunteer in a study testing red wine’s effect on blood vessels. I’m willing to sacrifice myself, or at least my liver, for the sake of science. I even know where to apply, thanks to a new study on red wine and the heart done by those lovely folks at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (they’re Canadian, that’s how they spell center) in Toronto.

Now the study itself sounds rather dry (more like a burgundy than a merlot). It’s title is “Dose-related effects of red wine and alcohol on hemodynamics, sympathetic nerve activity, and arterial diameter.” But the results are rather provocative, with just a lingering bitter aftertaste.

OK, enough wine metaphors. Basically they found that one glass or red wine (or any alcohol for that matter) slightly benefits the heart and heart muscles, but those positive effects disappear with two drinks.

So the lesson is obvious. Have several first drinks and no second ones!! If only it were that simple eh!

Keep Moving, Your Prostate Depends On It

Men with jobs that are physically demanding are much less likely than men with desk jobs to end up with prostate cancer.

Researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center found that physically active men seemed to have some added protection against prostate cancer. They think it may be that being active alters hormone levels that may affect the growth of the cancer.

So if you have a desk job that doesn’t make many physical demands on you, this is one more reason to get up off your bottom and get some regular exercise. Otherwise it may hurt you in the end!

Severely Overweight Less Likely to Use Seatbelts

People who are obese or severely overweight are less likely to use seatbelts when driving. That’s the finding of a new study in the journal Obesity.

It’s not too surprising if you think about it. Most car seatbelts are designed to fit a 215lb person who has a seated hip circumference of 47 inches. Many car models even offer extra belt length, to allow for people who may be bigger than that. However, there are a lot more people today who are a lot bigger than that, and trying to get the belt to fit can be very uncomfortable.

The problem is that more than half those killed in auto accidents were not wearing their seat belt. So being obese is one risk for early death. Not wearing your seat belt is adding another.

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