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Dementia: beneficial

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December 28, 2008

Source: The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3998684/A-small-glass-of-wine-could-delay-dementia-scientists-claim.html

Research by academics at the University of Glasgow found that moderate alcohol consumption may improve the function of older women’s brains.

Doctors analysed the performance of more than 5,800 people aged from 70 to 82 in a range of memory and language tests.

The results among male participants were similar, but women who consumed between one and seven units of alcohol a week performed significantly better than those who rarely drank or were teetotal.

Researchers concluded that drinking a small amount may delay cognitive decline and the onset of dementia, a degenerative condition that affects memory, attention, language and problem-solving.

November 6, 2008

Source: Gothenburg University

– Wine may protect against dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study by Gothenburg University in Sweden.

The study, which started in 1968, has followed the drinking and lifestyle habits of 1,458 women. Women were categorised according to types of alcohol consumed and frequency of consumption. 162 of the women in the study eventually developed dementia. The results showed that within the wine drinking group there was a significantly below-average rate of dementia, whereas no such correlation was found for women who regularly drank beer or spirits.

May 22, 2007

Source: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-456739/A-glass-wine-day-slow-dementia.html

Having a glass of wine could do more than enhance your food – it may preserve your memory for longer, say doctors.

New research shows just one drink a day may delay dementia in those at risk from the disease because they are already having memory problems.

Those who drank modest amounts of alcohol developed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, at an 85 per cent slower rate than those who did not drink, says a study in the medical journal Neurology.

In the study Italian researchers measured the alcohol consumption and brain functioning in almost 1,500 people aged 65 to 84 years.

They tracked 121 people with mild cognitive impairment and their progression to dementia for more than three years.

Those who had up to one drink a day – mostly wine – developed dementia at an 85 per cent slower rate than people with mild cognitive impairment who never drank alcohol.

March 3, 2003

Source: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-170082/Wine-cuts-dementia.html

Red wine could help to preserve your memory, say doctors.

A study of 1,709 older people in Copenhagen found that “occasional” red wine drinkers were 50 per cent less likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

“It could mean that substances in wine reduce the occurrence of dementia,” says Dr Thomas Truelsen today in The Quarterly Review of Alcohol Research.

March 28, 2002

Source: Daily Mail

A glass of red wine a day might help ward off neurodegenerative diseases. A compound called resveratrol in grapes stimulates an enzyme in the brain involved in nerve regeneration.

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