Navigation Links
Wine May Be Protective Against Esophageal Cancer
Date:3/2/2009

One glass a day may lower risk for Barrett's, a precursor to disease, study finds

MONDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking a glass of wine a day may lower the risk of Barrett's esophagus, a condition that precedes esophageal cancer.

Barrett's esophagus, which affects about 5 percent of the population, occurs when heartburn or acid reflux permanently damages the lining of the esophagus. People with this condition are 30 to 40 times more likely to develop a type of esophageal cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. In the last 30 years, the incidence of esophageal cancer in the United States has increased 500 percent.

In this Kaiser Permanente study, researchers looked at 953 men and women in Northern California and found that those who drank one or more glasses of red or white wine a day were 56 percent less likely to develop Barrett's esophagus. Beer or liquor did not lower the risk, and the protective effect of wine didn't increased with higher consumption.

"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," principal investigator Dr. Douglas A. Corley, said in a Kaiser Permanente news release.

The study was published in the March issue of Gastroenterology. Two other studies in the same issue of the journal reported similar findings. An Australian study found that people who drink wine were less likely to develop adenocarcinoma, and Irish researchers reported that drinking wine reduces the risk of esophagitis, an irritation of the esophagus that follows chronic heartburn and often precedes Barrett's esophagus and cancer.

It's not clear why wine may lower the risk of Barrett's esophagus. Researchers suggest it may be because antioxidants in wine neutralize the damage done by gastroesophageal reflux disease. Or it may be because wine drinkers typically have food with their wine, thereby reducing the potentially damaging effects that drinking alcohol alone can have on esophageal tissue.

The wine study is part of a larger Kaiser Permanente study led by Corley looking at the link between Barrett's esophagus and abdominal obesity and consumption of dietary antioxidants, fruits and vegetables. That study found that eating eight servings of fruit and vegetables a day and maintaining normal body weight can reduce the risk of Barrett's esophagus.

"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," Corley said. "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."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about Barrett's esophagus.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, March 2, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Test for lung cancer looks for discomforting quiet among protective genes
2. Landmark trial to evaluate cardioprotective properties of insulin
3. Diet and cancer prevention: New evidence for the protective effects of fruits and veggies
4. Pregis Corporation Appoints New President of Protective Packaging North America
5. Michael J. Fox Foundation Commits up to $3.8 Million to Develop Gene Silencing Neuroprotective Treatment for Parkinsons Disease
6. A promising new approach to cadmium induced hepatoxicity: Cytoprotective effect of midkine
7. Cigarettes leave deadly path by purging protective genes
8. First Responders Acquire Revolutionary MyClyns(TM) Protective Spray
9. Vegan diet promotes atheroprotective antibodies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
10. Study Finds Single Dose of Iomai Patch With Pandemic Flu Vaccine Achieves Protective Levels
11. Researchers Create Protective Sac for Growing Stem Cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Wine May Be Protective Against Esophageal Cancer 
(Date:1/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... owned insurance agency which serves Lawrenceville, New Jersey and the surrounding area, ... , Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... the 2017 Spring Create Real Impact contest from Impact Teen Drivers and California ... http://www.createrealimpact.com . , Educational grants totaling $15,000 will be awarded for ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air ... Heart Association; “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest The drawing contest ... year, Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air receives over 600 entries. The culmination of ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Sales Focus Inc. (SFI), a Maryland-based sales ... market. , Over the past 20 years SFI has been recognized as the world’s ... six new clients into the US market. The new clients include: Panacea Pro, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 ... ... Reconstructive Surgeons hosts the Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium, a conference where hundreds of ... latest advancements in breast surgery. Covering topics from cosmetic breast augmentation ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 Conference Call and Webcast to ... ) today announced it will release results for the fourth quarter ... ... host a conference call at 4:30 PM ET on Wednesday, February ... full year 2016 financial results and other corporate activities. To participate ...
(Date:1/19/2017)...  Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc. ( Stealth ), a clinical-stage ... announced new additions to its senior leadership team: ... and Daniel Geffken as interim Chief Financial ... , Pharm.D. has been promoted to Chief Clinical Development ... Doug and Daniel to our management team, as both ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ... instruments and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets ... financial results for the third quarter fiscal year 2017, ... 4:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  The ... fiscal year 2017 after the market closes on Thursday, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: