[Namron] alcohol question

Lee McGoodwin etienett at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 28 23:25:33 PST 2003

Found this on-lline.  Does it help?

Moderate alcohol intake has been associated with a
decreased risk of cardiovascular disease,1,2 which may
be mediated by high-density lipoprotein cholesterol
(HDL-C).3 Evidence indicates that alcohol intake
increases HDL-C concentrations. For example, Thornton
and colleagues showed that consumption of half a
bottle of white wine (39 g alcohol) per day for 6
weeks significantly (P < 0.01) increased mean HDL-C
levels—from 41 to 48 mg/dL—in 12 healthy,
normolipidemic subjects (nine women and three men).4
None of the subjects was taking medication, and none
smoked tobacco. The subjects' wine intake did not
significantly change total plasma cholesterol
(Total-C), total triglyceride (Total-TG), or
low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)
concentrations. However, one must consider the
calories added to the diet by alcohol use. For
example, the 39 g of alcohol consumed per day for 42
days in this study represent a total of 11,466
additional calories—the equivalent of 3 lbs of
additional weight (11,466 cal ÷ 3,600 cal/lb) over 6
weeks, or approximately 27 lbs per year! A more
moderate alcohol intake was described by McConnell et
al.5 In this study, 20 healthy nonsmokers (11 men and
9 women; aged 23–51 years) completed a 10-week program
of controlled alcohol consumption, which consisted of
2 weeks of alcohol abstention; 6 weeks of alcohol use
(one 12-ounce beer—13.5 g of ethyl alcohol—each
evening); and 2 additional weeks of abstention.
Compared with the mean abstention level, the mean
HDL-C level significantly (P = 0.03) increased 2 mg/dL
(from 52 to 54 mg/dL) after consumption of a single,
daily alcoholic beverage for 6 weeks. LDL-C,
very-low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C), TG,
and apolipoprotein levels were not significantly

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No light shines on the fangs neglected
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