The Goodness in Beer
DECEMBER 01, 2002
Moderate consumption of beer was linked to increased high-density lipo-protein (HDL) cholesterol levels in women in a study published in Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. The study involved 9 women aged 49 to 62 who were asked to drink 3 glasses of beer each night with dinner for 3 weeks, followed by another 3-month period in which they did not drink beer. A controlled diet was used during both periods. Consumption of beer was linked to a 12% increase in HDL cholesterol levels and a 9% increase in apolipoprotein A-I levels. In addition, paraoxonase activity levels increased by 4% after 2 weeks of beer consumption. Larger studies are needed to confirm these beneficial effects of beer.
AF Risk Increases with More Pregnancies
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.