Write your abstract here.Study Shows Abnormal Colon Growths Less Likely in Those Who Drink Red Wine.
who drink three or more glasses of red wine a week are less likely to
get the abnormal colon growths that can lead to cancer, according to a
The study doesn’t prove red wine prevents or treats colon cancer,
and the researchers aren’t recommending red wine for colon cancer
prevention. But they suggest that a compound found in grapes and red
wine – the antioxidant resveratrol — may cut the odds of getting
abnormal colon growths that can become cancerous.
Miranda Hitti WebMD Medical News
Louise Chang, MD
24, 2006 -- People who drink three or more glasses of red wine a week
are less likely to get the abnormal colon growths that can lead to
cancer, according to a new study.
study was done by Joseph Anderson, MD, and colleagues at New York''s
Stony Brook University. It was presented at the American College of
Gastroenterology''s annual scientific meeting in Las Vegas.
study looked at the habits of more than 1,700 people who were, on
average, in their late 50s. It also checked for the incidence of
abnormal colon growths, including polyps.
found that 3% of red wine drinkers had such abnormal growths, compared
with nearly 9% of white wine drinkers and almost 10% of teetotalers.
study doesn''t prove red wine prevents or treats colon cancer, and the
researchers aren''t recommending red wine for colon cancer prevention.
they suggest that a compound found in grapes and red wine – the
antioxidant resveratrol -- may cut the odds of getting abnormal colon
growths that can become cancerous.
Colon cancer is the No. 3 cancer for U.S. men and women.
Doctors often can''t explain why one person gets cancer and another doesn''t. Many factors may play a role.
doesn''t recommend drinking red wine if you don''t already drink. In an
American College of Gastroenterology news release, he says a healthy
lifestyle is essential in cutting the risk of abnormal colon growths.
you drink or not, it is also important to get screened as recommended.
Tests are generally recommended for everyone starting at age 50,
although they may begin earlier for high-risk patients.
About the Study
study gathered information about the 1,700 participants'' smoking,
drinking, exercise, diets, BMI (body mass index), and use of
painkilling nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Most participants said they never drank.
But 176 said they drank red wine more than three times a week, and 68 said they drank white wine more than three times weekly.
Those who drank three or more glasses of red wine a week were the least likely to have abnormal colon growths, including polyps.
However, the red wine drinkers had other traits that may have cut their cancer risk. They tended not to smoke and to be male.
Red Wine Advantage ?
The researchers aren''t sure why the red wine drinkers had fewer abnormal colon growths.
But they suggest resveratrol may play a role. The compound is found in grapes, raspberries, peanuts, and other plants.
Red wine is richer in this antioxidant than white wine.
That''s "because the skins are removed earlier during white-wine production," Anderson explains in the news release.