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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

By Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press

A glass of wine a day could help prevent kidney disease, a new study concludes.

For those who already have kidney disease, wine might protect their hearts.

According to a University of Colorado-Denver researcher, people who drank up to one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease than those who drank no wine at all. And those who already had chronic kidney disease were 29 percent less likely than teetotalers to have cardiovascular disease if they drank less than a glass a day.

The researcher, Dr. Tapan Mehta, used 2003-2006 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on 5,852 individuals, 1,031 of whom had chronic kidney disease. He presented preliminary findings this week at a meeting of the National Kidney Foundation.

The findings back up previous studies that also suggest that a single glass of red wine a day for women — up to two glasses for men — help protect your heart, said Dr. Leslie Spry, spokesman for the foundation.

It may be that the alcohol and antioxidants in red wine boost levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and protect against artery damage, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Mehta’s study didn’t differentiate between red and white wine.

“It doesn’t surprise me that, as we learn that wine is protective to the heart, we’re seeing the same effect on the kidneys,” said Dr. Joel Topf, a Detroit area nephrologist and president of the scientific advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

But think twice before you run out to purchase a case of your favorite wine.

Topf notes that more research must be done to clearly establish cause and effect. It’s not clear, for example, whether those who were sickly or had kidney disease had avoided alcohol because of their health concerns or whether the avoidance led to health problems.

More important, too much wine can push up blood pressure — a major cause of chronic kidney disease.

Photo: Davide Restivo via Wikimedia Commons

  • pat

    there always seems to be a vein of desperation running through any news that says its healthy to drink wine ” cuz its good for you!” . And it gets printed. Contrast that with news about cannabis -or vitamins for that matter- any hint of bad news and they jump all over it and most good news is ignored…. As we are still expected to take nutritional advice from the same ‘experts’ who guided us through the explosion of obesity, diabetes etc they now say 9 servings of fruit and veggies per day. Translation: beta carotene, vit C, vit E, flavinoids etc…. are good for you but don’t supplement whatever you do! I’m not a teetotaler – i like to get ‘high’ too. Alcohol is a powerful drug! enough pushing already! A jar of Grape seed extract and some vit C crystals is waaayyy cheaper than a case of vino and there are no negative side effects…