A Glass of Wine a Day Could Keep Esophageal Cancer Away

girl-wine-i-stockBoston (ChatterShmatter) – According to a recent study, a  daily glass of wine each day may help prevent the development of edophageal cancer.

According to webmd.com, “Esophageal cancer rates have increased over the last three decades, due to a more than 500% increase of a subtype of the cancer linked to acid reflux disease, known as esophageal adenocarcinoma.”

The cancer can develop when heartburns and aci reflux cause damage to your esophagus. This can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, which can in the end lead into cancer.

“Researchers examined data from a larger trial that included detailed, self-reported information on alcohol consumption. The study included 320 people who were diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus between 2002 and 2005, 316 people who had gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD) without Barrett’s, and 317 people without Barrett’s or GERD.” said webmd.com.

The researchers tracked those who consumed a glass of wine on a daily basis and compared their risk to those who didn’t drink wine.

Researchers reported that drinking as little as one glass of wine a day was associated with a 56% decrease in the risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus.

Although only about 5 per cent of the U.S. population is said to have Barrett’s esophague, most are never diagnosed. People diagnosed with the condition have about a 30-40-fold higher risk or developping esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Source: Webmd.com

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