Moderate Drinking May Slow Good Cholesterol’s Decline

A team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Kailuan Hospital in China finds that moderate drinking may slow the decline of ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.moderate drinking

For their study, the scientists analyzed the data of 80,081 Chinese men and women whose average age was 49 years. The participants were divided into five groups: never, past, light, moderate, and heavy drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined as 0.5-1 drink a day for women and 1-2 drinks a day for men.

The researchers found that moderate drinkers had a slower decline in HDL than never-drinkers and heavy-drinkers. They also found that HDL levels fell more slowly in people drinking beer.

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