Wine drinking may reduce colon cancer risk

October 24, 2000 in Cancer Prevention, Gastrointestinal Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Wine drinking may reduce colon cancer risk

A glass of cabernet or zinfandel may do more than help the heart, according to researchers. It may also reduce the risk of colon cancer.

The research findings, presented last week at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, revealed those who drank at least one glass of wine per week lessened their chances of developing colorectal polyps-the predecessors to colon cancer. The risk was lower in wine drinkers more so than in people who abstained or drank beer or liquor.

As of April 2000, the investigators from the State University of New York, Stony Brook found only 1% of wine drinkers had developed colorectal polyps of a certain size, whereas 18% of beer and grain-based liquor drinkers, and 12% of nondrinkers had developed them. What's more, wine drinking reduced first-time polyps more in smokers than in nonsmokers.

Recent studies have shown that wine drinkers tend to lead more health-conscious lives, perhaps exercising more or eating more fruits and vegetables. The question needs to be asked is whether or not it's the wine itself or the lifestyle that offers protection.

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