Red Wine May Help Keep the Kidney Healthy
A recent study suggests that drinking at least one glass of wine per day may reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease by as much as 37%.
Participants in the study included approximately 6,000 people, 1,000 of whom had chronic kidney disease. All of them had taken part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination study.
After examining the data from that study, the researchers determined that participants who drank one glass of wine per day had a 37% lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease compared to those who drank no wine. Additionally, participants who already had chronic kidney disease and drank one glass of wine per day had a 29% lower risk of a cardiovascular event.
The researchers were unable to determine exactly why moderate wine drinking helps with kidney function. They pointed out that wine has been linked with lower protein levels in urine and that high protein levels in the urine of people with kidney disease can increase the risk of disease progression.
Researchers from the University of Colorado conducted the study. It was presented at the National Kidney Foundation meeting in Las Vegas on April 21, 2014.
This is not the first study suggesting that red wine may be beneficial to your health. Red wine has also been linked with weight loss and possible extension of life expectancy. Be careful not to drink more than 10 ounces a day, as the negative effects of drinking can outweigh the benefits.