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Wine may protect against dementia
Date:4/10/2008

There may be constituents in wine that protect against dementia. This is shown in research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

The findings are based on 1,458 women who were included in the so-called Population Study of Women from 1968. When they were examined by physicians they were asked to report how often they drank wine, beer, and liquor by selecting from seven categories on a scale from never to daily. The researchers know nothing about how much they drank on each occasion, or how correct the estimates were. For each beverage the women reported having drunk more than once a month, they were classified as a consumer of that particular beverage.

Thirty-four years after the first study, 162 women had been diagnosed with dementia. The results show that among those women who reported that they drank wine a considerably lower proportion suffered from dementia, whereas this correlation was not found among those who had reported that they regularly drank beer or liquor.

The group that had the lowest proportion of dementia were those who had reported that the only alcohol they drank was wine, says Professor Lauren Lissner, who directs the study in collaboration with Professor Ingmar Skoog, both with the Sahgrenska Academy.

The researchers nevertheless are reluctant to make any recommendations regarding whether a woman should begin to drink wine, continue to drink wine, or increase their consumption. Its also important to point out that these findings cannot be generalized for men, who have a different pattern of drinking.

We have to be very cautious when we interpret these results, since we cant see in this type of population study what is cause and what is effect. There may be other factors in women who drink wine that provide them with protection against dementia, factors that we cant measure. But the correlation found is a strong one and cant be explained by other factors that we can m
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Contact: Ulrika Lundin
ulrika.lundin@sahlgrenska.gu.se
46-317-863-869
Swedish Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

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