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    Old 05-09-2005, 09:34 AM   #1
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    Question Anyone Drink Alcohol Regularly?

    I'm wondering if my cholesterol problems (high LDL-3/low HDL) are associated with regular alcohol use (3-5 drinks/day on weekends).

    Does anyone here have high cholesterol and drink regularly?

    I don't drink during the week, but I often go out to dinners with friends and end up drinking anywhere from 2 to 5 drinks on Fridays, Saturdays and sometimes Sundays.

    My last 3 blood tests have shown that my liver is healthy, so I'm not sure if it's my liver causing my cholesterol problems or if it's just my diet or even just being unlucky (genes)?

     
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    Old 05-09-2005, 01:48 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone Drink Alcohol Regularly?

    Alcohol consumption on a daily (moderate) basis can raise HDL. An example: a glass of red wine daily, not waiting until the weekend to have several drinks in succession, then nothing for several days.

     
    Old 05-09-2005, 02:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Anyone Drink Alcohol Regularly?

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    Alcohol consumption on a daily (moderate) basis can raise HDL. An example: a glass of red wine daily, not waiting until the weekend to have several drinks in succession, then nothing for several days.
    Thanks, but my question is more related to alcohol as a cause of cholesterol problems (due to liver issues).

     
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    Re: Anyone Drink Alcohol Regularly?

    "Alcohol intake is negatively associated with development of increased LDL cholesterol "

    see abstract of this study: http://www.alcoholism-cer.com/pt/re/alcoholism/abstract.00000374-200107000-00015.htm;jsessionid=CAi5Yze1wN20dmYiLKo 6rYol2DEzGkEQ3YxkS8IuXoOker2gzheA!-2129639439!-949856031!9001!-1

     
    Old 05-10-2005, 09:20 AM   #5
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    Quote:
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    "Alcohol intake is negatively associated with development of increased LDL cholesterol "

    see abstract of this study: http://www.alcoholism-cer.com/pt/re/alcoholism/abstract.00000374-200107000-00015.htm;jsessionid=CAi5Yze1wN20dmYiLKo 6rYol2DEzGkEQ3YxkS8IuXoOker2gzheA!-2129639439!-949856031!9001!-1
    Thanks, but careful, the moderator will probably ban you, like he/she did me a few days ago, for posting links to "copyrighted" websites!

     
    Old 05-11-2005, 05:18 AM   #6
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    Re: Anyone Drink Alcohol Regularly?

    Tobias,

    That is an interesting study but unfortunately the cohort was Japanese men. The Japanese are genetically very nearly unique in their liver's handling of alcohol...their enzymatic structures are different and, among other things, they do not readily break down the acetaldehyde which is the first step in alcohol breakdown by the liver.

    The results of heavy drinking might not be so favorable to Occidentals, LDL-wise (or they might?.)

    It also brings to mind my problem with fasting triglyceride testing. Alcohol causes a rise in triglycerides (and thus VLDL) that is not apparent after a one day alcohol fast. But what is the lipid situation WHILE DRINKING...certainly vastly different from the fasting lab test?
    (Always struck me as silly to test fasting levels of ANYTHING when people NEVER fast for more than 8 hours and usually walk around with full stomachs all the time!) Maybe they should set up lipid testing centers in popular bars!!!

     
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