Thursday, January 22, 2009
Booze may prevent disability in seniors
…We have all heard that red wine in moderation can be good for the heart, but now some researchers think moderate consumption of alcohol can help prevent creeping disabilities.
…This is UCLA, not University of Wishful Thinking, so listen up. First, they say, you have to start with reasonably good health. Then they looked at three batches of past information from govt sources.
…Drinkers were called light to moderate if they consumed less than 15 drinks a week (less for women).
…Physical disability was described as having trouble dressing, grooming, maintaining hygiene, arising from a chair and so on.
...Participants were asked if they had experienced no difficulty, some, or were unable to do these things.
…The upshot was that light to moderate drinkers in good health had a statistically significant lower risk of disabilities when other factors were winnowed out. The drinkers also had a reduced risk of dying in five years.
…BUT…of course…if you were too far into the disability area, taking up drinking might be a poor option. Right when you need it!
…HA is not sure she is buying this totally, but she'll drink to it. Salud!