Drinking and Your Heart
Researchers have known for years that alcohol can have an adverse effect on heart health. With every drink, people increase their risk of having high blood pressure. Triglycerides, which are potentially dangerous fats in the blood, can quickly rise to unmanageable levels. Heart failure becomes a more realistic possibility, and many people experience significant weight gain thanks to all of the calories in alcohol. Drinking can even change the rhythm of your heartbeat.
What About Reports That Say Drinking Is Good For the Heart?
Much has been made in recent years about the potential positive effects of drinking red wine. Still, researchers aren’t certain that the positive health effects come from antioxidants in the wine or simply from other positive lifestyle habits. With no indisputable correlation between red wine and heart health, moderation remains the watchword.
How Much Is Too Much For Good Health?
Health experts recommend avoiding alcohol completely. If that’s not possible, the American Heart Association counsels men to consume no more than one to two drinks per day and for women to drink just one. One drink is the equivalent of a 12 ounce beer or one and a half ounces of 80-proof liquor. In addition to limiting intake, it’s wise to eat a diet that’s designed for better health, get regular exercise and to make regular visits to the doctor to have the health of your heart evaluated.
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