Moderate alcohol consumption may lower the risk of heart disease.
A recent study from Japan evaluated moderate alcohol consumption in in men , especially those with metabolic syndrome which consists of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels, found higher levels of HDL bandeaux in men who did not consume any alcohol. Again, there may be a medicinal advantage to moderate alcohol consumption.
More men than women in the United States have hypertension, that men are less likely than women to be aware of their condition and to be taking medication to reduce the high blood pressure. The study appeared from the national health and nutrition examination survey.
The data from the study showed that less than 80% of the men were aware of their condition of high blood pressure compared with 85% of women. In addition, 70% of men were taking medication for hypertension compared with 80% of women with hypertension.
Bottom line: “If it may grow, don’t fix it” may apply to your car but not to your heart and blood vessels. Hypertension is a silent disease and often has no symptoms until complications occur. See your doctor at least once a year to have a blood pressure determination.