Even one beer a day can harm your health – here’s why:
A new study comparison showed a clear connection between alcohol consumption and high blood pressure.
We are not talking about high alcohol consumption here – even low consumption can affect health. Let’s discover the harmful effects of regular alcohol consumption even in small quantities:
Alcohol consumption and blood pressure
The study involved an analysis of 7 different studies involving more than 19,000 adults in the United States, Korea and Japan. In this analysis, the main focus was on participants who consumed an average amount of 12 g of alcohol per day. 12g can mean:
At the start of the study, the participants had blood pressure within normal limits.
Following the study, it was discovered that, in people who consumed 12 g of alcohol per day:
- Systolic blood pressure increased by 1.25 mm HG
- Diastolic blood pressure increased by 1.14 mm Hg
Also, participants who had higher blood pressure at the start of the study (although still within normal limits) showed the greatest increase in blood pressure over the course of the studies. This may show that, by avoiding alcohol altogether, people prone to high blood pressure towards the upper normal limit may help protect their heart in the long term.
Marco Vinceti, one of the researchers involved in the study, said:
“Alcohol is certainly not the only culprit in raising blood pressure. However, the results confirm that it has significant contributions. The advice says to limit the amount of alcohol, but it’s best to avoid alcohol altogether.”
How can alcohol consumption harm us?
There is a strong link between alcohol consumption and an increased risk of liver, colon or even breast cancer. This is due to several factors such as:
- Ethanol content – ethanol is assimilated in the body and converted into a chemical compound called acetaldehyde. Both ethanol and acetaldehyde are considered carcinogens.
- Increased levels of estrogen in the blood – an increased level of estrogen can cause breast cancer
- Liver cirrhosis – alcohol destroys liver cells and can cause a disease called cirrhosis of the liver. Liver cirrhosis also increases the risk of liver cancer.
Therefore, simply limiting alcohol intake may not be enough to prevent cardiovascular problems and cancer in the long term. If you still choose to consume a small amount of alcohol, make sure you combine it with other healthy habits such as:
- A balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds, such as that promoted by the Mediterranean diet
- Regular physical exercise
- Reducing stress levels
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