Turns out that seemingly sound advice will kill’ya.
Headlines from this week:
Any drinking lowered the risk of heart disease but the more patients drank the greater the protection. And the amount they drank was pretty staggering:
- light drinking, about a glass of wine or 1.5-beers per day, reduced risk by 35%
- moderate drinking, 2 glasses of wine or 2-3 beers reduced the risk 51%
- Moderate and heavy drinking, 5+ glasses of wine or 7+ beers, resulted in 54 and 50% risk reduction.
The health benefits of alcohol were touched upon in ths prior post.
Not only did the patients randomized to folic acid + B12 have a higher rate of developing cancer, they had a higher cancer mortality. Most of the cancer mortality came from excess lung cancer in the folic acid + B12 group. This was despite the fact that there were more smokers in the placebo group (38% vs 40% p=0.01). (JAMA)
The fall of folic acid was touched on in this prior post.
So parents, remind your kids to drink their beer and forget their vitamins.