If You Exercise, Wine Can Help You Battle Cardiovascular Disaease

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According to results from the In Vino Veritas (IVV) study presented at ESC Congress, wine can save you from CVD, but only if you workout. 

Professor Milos Taborsky from the Czech Republic said, “A rise in HDL cholesterol is the main indication of a protective effect against CVD, therefore we can conclude that neither red or white wine had any impact on study participants as a whole.”

Evidence suggesting that mild to moderate consumption of wine can protect against cardiovascular disease has been accumulating since the early 1990s.

Retrospective studies have suggested that wine increases levels of HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol.

“The only positive and continuous result was in the subgroup of patients who took more exercise, which means regular exercise at least twice a week, plus the wine consumption. In this group HDL cholesterol increased and LDL and total cholesterol decreased in the red and white wine groups. There may be some synergy between the low dose of ethyl alcohol in wine and exercise which is protective against CVD.”

“In a future study we will compare the effects of red and white wine on markers of atherosclerosis in patients at high risk for CVD who take statins and do regular exercise. We hope to find that moderate wine consumption is safe in these patients.”

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