Drinking wine may lower one’s risks for esophageal cancer.
WiredPRNews.com – Wine may contain properties that help prevent esophageal cancer. As reported by Health Day News, a new study revealed that drinking a glass of wine daily may lower risks of developing Barrett’s esophagus, which is a predecessor to esophageal cancer.
As noted in the report Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that affects an estimated five percent of the population, and develops as a result of permanent damage to the lining of the esophagus due to acid reflux or heartburn. The HealthDay report also points out that the incidence of esophageal cancer in the US has increased over the last 30 years by 500 percent.
Dr. Douglas A. Corley, a principal investigator for the Kaiser Permanente study is quoted in the report as stating in a news release, “The rate of esophageal adenocarcinoma in this country is skyrocketing, yet very little is known about its precursor, Barrett’s esophagus. We are trying to figure out how to prevent changes that may lead to esophageal cancer.” Corley is further quoted as stating, “My advice to people trying to prevent Barrett’s esophagus is: Keep a normal body weight and follow a diet high in antioxidants and high in fruits and vegetables… We already knew that red wine was good for the heart, so perhaps here is another added benefit of a healthy lifestyle and a single glass of wine a day.”
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