Latest study reveals a positive link between
chronic kidney disease risk mitigation and moderate wine consumption.
Wine is linked to a healthy heart, and now also a healthy kidney?
It’s been a well-established health fact, accredited through several studies, that wine consumption promotes healthy hearts, your cardiovascular health.
But some researched decided to check it out even further. Because cardiovascular disease shares many of the same risk attributes as chronic kidney disease (CKD), this research group chose to see if they also shared a common benefit from wine drinking. And? Bingo.
Their studies did indeed find a similar positive correlation between CKD and moderate wine consumption, listing that such wine drinking reduces the risk for CKD, and also reflects healthier hearts in those who already have CKD.
Dr. Tapan Mehta, the author of the study and a renal fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver, stated that “The risk factor are the same as cardiovascular disease,” and that “the common risk factors were so similar that we were led to hypothesize that wine intake would also lower cardiovascular disease risk in patients who have kidney disease.”
And that’s an important finding, since according to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans are affected by CKD.
Mehta’s research group analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, focusing on a 3-year period of the annual study that conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. The data included 5,852 Americans. Of those, 1,031 had kidney disease.
Compared to nondrinkers, those with healthy kidneys whose average consumption was less than a glass of wine per day (4 ounces) were 37% less likely to develop CKD. Those who already suffered from CKD had 29% lower chances of developing heart disease with the same consumption of wine, as compared to non-drinkers.
While Mehta is quick to point out that these results only prove an association, not a causation, it does reveal that theres a lower likelihood of CKD when drinking moderate amounts of wine, versus not drinking wine at all.
Mehta and his team will continue their findings with more experimental and randomized studies, to really nail down if there’s a causation factor in all of this.