Saturday, February 7, 2009

Eat then Drink...

If you can't give up alcohol, at least take it with something solid. That's because drinking alcohol without food increases your risk for high blood pressure, new research shows. Even the light to moderate drinkers raise their risk if they drink alcohol without food, according to a study that was published in the journal Hypertension. There are a number of explanations for these findings, researchers said. Among these are the beneficial effects of food on fibrinolysis (removal of small blood clots) and blood lipids (fats), and on the absorption and metabolism of the alcohol. The cross-sectional study involved more than 2,600 men and women aged 35 to 80 years with no other cardiovascular disease.

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