More evidence that the French paradox exists
A recent, robust study has found a connection between moderate wine consumption and a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease and cancer among middle-aged men, which provides more credibility to the French paradox phenomenon.
Researchers from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Bordeaux Segalen University in France followed 35,292 men over about 28 years. Discovering that when more than 50 percent of their alcohol consumption was derived from wine, a lower risk of death from heart disease and lung, lip, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, bladder and rectal cancers was observed.
There was a substantial number of cases whereby moderate wine consumption was connected with 40 percent reduced risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease, and a 20 percent reduced risk of death from cancer.
At the beginning of the study the subjects ranged in age from 40 to 65 years and were derived from Eastern France. In conclusion, a total of 4,035 deaths from cancer were recorded. Figures for heart disease-related deaths were unavailable.
Scientific opinions differ in terms of the so-called French paradox, which stipulates that the health properties of red wine supresses the effects of a high cloistral, rich, fatty diet as a precursors of coronary heart disease.
The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health also proposed that drinking up to half a glass of wine a day can extend life expectancy in males by five years, when studying the drinking habits of randomly selected men over a 40-year period.