It is much wiser to avoid the detrimental effects of alcohol completely and protect yourself from heart disease with nutritional excellence. For example, even moderate alcohol consumption is linked to higher rates of breast cancer and to occurrence of atrial fibrillation.1And Dr. Fuhrman isn’t the only one talking about this. Recently he sent me this article—no, not as part of some intervention—talking about alcohol and the link between atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. Bruce Jancin of Family Practice News reports on some interesting new research. Take a look:
The study involved 195 consecutive patients with AF or atrial flutter, two-thirds of whom were aged 60 years or younger, and 186 controls, three-quarters of whom had supraventricular tachycardia, while the rest were healthy. One in five of the participants was a regular drinker. Four-fifths of them fell within the 1–2 drinks per day category generally classified as moderate drinking, which is often recommended as cardioprotective.Well, to my credit. The overriding reason why I keep my drinking to a minimum is because my long-term health is more important to me than a “good” time. Actually, I’d love to hear how all of you handle a healthy lifestyle and drinking. Please, do tell.
After adjustment for potential confounders including age, gender, race, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and heart failure in a multivariate regression analysis, individuals aged 60 or younger with AF or atrial flutter who drank alcohol daily were 4.5 times more likely to have AF or atrial flutter compared with arrhythmia-free controls, and 2.5 times more likely to have AF or flutter compared with patients with supraventricular tachycardia.
1. Wright, R. M., J.L. McManaman, and J.E. Rapine. 1999. Alcohol induced breast cancer: a proposed mechanism. Free Radic. Biol. Med. 26 (3-4): 348-54; Dorgan, J.F., D.J. Baer, P.S. Albert, et al. 2001. Serum hormones and the alcohol-breast cancer association in post menopausal women. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 93 (9): 710-16; Jancin, B. 2002. Just a few drinks raise risk of atrial fibrillation. Family Physician News, January 11:4.