Beer and spirits drinkers face
a higher risk of colorectal tumors, but wine drinkers
may have a lower risk, according to a report in the
American Journal of Gastroenterology.
is pernicious with regard to colorectaltumors, Dr.
Joseph C. Anderson from Stony Brook University, New
York stated. Lifestyle plays a role as genetics does
in the developmentof these tumors.
Anderson and associates investigated the impact of
regular alcohol consumption on colorectal tumors in
2,291 patients undergoing screening colonoscopy.
Patients defined as heavy beer
or spirits drinkers had more than twice the risk of
developing significant colorectal tumors, compared
with abstainers or moderate consumers, the authors
report. Moderate wine drinkers, on the other hand,
faced about half the risk experienced by abstainers.
tumors were also associated with age older than 60
years, smoking and obesity, the report indicates.
investigators note that patients who regularly
drink spirits have an increased risk for significant
colorectal (tumors) and perhaps should be targeted
for risk modification by their gastroenterologist
in addition to their primary care physician.
fact, Anderson noted, I would target anyone who
has more than one beer or drink per day.He added
that he and his colleagues are currently comparing
the effects of red and white wine.
wine, due to high levels of (the natural antioxidant)
resveratrol,he added, should be even more protective
against colorectal tumors than white wine.
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