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Old 05-22-2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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Glass of Wine a Day Fights Dementia

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Glass of wine a day 'fights off dementia'


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One alcoholic drink a day can delay the onset of dementia in older people with mild memory loss, a study has shown.
Researchers evaluated alcohol consumption and the incidence of minor cognitive impairment in 1,445 people aged 65 to 84.
The 121 who had signs of early mental problems were then monitored for three-and-a-half years. Those who had up to one glass of alcoholic drink a day, mostly wine, developed dementia at a rate 85 per cent slower than volunteers who abstained.
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The findings by Dr Vincenzo Solfrizzi and Dr Francesco Panza, of the University of Bari in Italy, are published today in the journal Neurology.
The authors report: "While many studies have assessed alcohol consumption and cognitive function in the elderly, this is the first study to look at how alcohol consumption affects the rate of progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia.
"The mechanism responsible for why low alcohol consumption appears to protect against the progression to dementia isn't known. However, it is possible that the arrangement of blood vessels in the brain may play a role in why alcohol consumption appears to protect against dementia.
"This would support other observations that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect the brain from stroke and vascular dementia."
Consuming more than one drink a day was not associated with any greater delay in the progression to dementia.
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...or at the very least (with enough of it)...it can make you forget that you have it

"Consuming more than one drink a day was not associated with any greater delay in the progression to dementia.".....DARN.....
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one glass of wine
one cup of coffee
one cup of tea (green or black)
many cups of water...

what other liquids should we have per day!
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...or at the very least (with enough of it)...it can make you forget that you have it

"Consuming more than one drink a day was not associated with any greater delay in the progression to dementia.".....DARN.....
hate to tell ya but it gets even worse. from what i've read & heard of this study, alcohol does not slow the onset of dementia, rather it helps slow the progression of the disease after onset. so even just a drink a day now won't stop someone from getting dementia and the prescribed dose is only administered after onset (after dementia has begun).

so ya get to be drunk and confused, only more slowly. getting old sucks.
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...getting old sucks.
Until you consider the alternative.
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No one in my family has ever had dementia now I know why !
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Until you consider the alternative.
I'll take the alternative to dementia since I've been seeing it first hand.

At one drink per day, I'm safe until 2114 -- August 11, but that's only an estimate.
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I'll take the alternative to dementia since I've been seeing it first hand.

At one drink per day, I'm safe until 2114 -- August 11, but that's only an estimate.
i'm with you on this. after watching mom deteriorate over a 13 year period including being legal guardian for the last 5 years of that and after having watched it in grandpa when i was in my 20s and now that i think i sometimes see it in my brother, i have no intention of ever letting such an event drag out in my own life.

slowing down the progression of dementia would be about the last thing i would want to do to myself. now if the researchers would only figure out how many glasses of wine i need to drink each day to get a cascade effect underway.
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