Sunday, July 19, 2009

Moderate alcohol use might delay dementia in older adults

Today, Sunday July 19, on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported a study claiming that adults who had drank alcohol moderately for some years had a 40% less chance of developing some dementia as seniors. Some results have been reported for small caffeine use, too.

Gupta defined moderate alcohol use as one 12 ounce beer a day for women and perhaps two for men.

Small daily consumption of alcohol may reduce coronary artery disease and ischemia, and that might help explain the result. Another possibility could be anti-oxidants in some wines.

CNN also reported on the Cleveland Clinic (which often advertises on ABC with videos) as having lower costs because it pays its physicians salaries rather than charging fee for service.

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