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Kidney health quick-start guide
Unhealthy lifestyle habits, chronic diseases, and genetic conditions can damage the kidneys and reduce their ability to do their many jobs. But many precautions can help protect the kidneys. Examples include controlling diabetes; lowering high blood pressure; moderating intake of salt, alcohol, and protein; limiting intake of oxalate-rich foods such as spinach, almonds, or cashews; losing weight; stopping smoking; exercising regularly; staying hydrated; limiting the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); and getting annual kidney function tests.
Is alcohol good for your heart?
Over the years, studies have produced conflicting results about the link between alcohol intake and heart health. Some studies suggest drinking alcohol protects against cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke, while others imply the opposite. Now growing evidence says that not only won’t alcohol lower a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease, but consuming even moderate amounts may increase risk.
Does alcohol harm the heart?
Some studies have found that drinking any amount of alcohol is unhealthy. But more than 100 large studies have found that people who have one drink per day have lower risks of cardiovascular disease. How can both be true? It depends on a person’s current state of health, lifestyle habits (such as diet, exercise, and smoking), family history of disease, and the quantity of alcohol consumed. People who don’t usually drink have no need to start: there are better ways to achieve a healthy heart.
A daily drink: Not as harmless as you might think
The long-held assumption that light to moderate drinking is good for a person’s heart is likely inaccurate. A new study using sophisticated genetic tools suggests that the risk of high blood pressure and coronary artery disease rise for any quantity of alcohol consumption. The added risk is low when people consume up to a single drink per day but rises exponentially at levels above seven drinks per week. This added risk applies to a first-time diagnosis of heart disease and not to people already diagnosed with a heart problem (who might well face even greater risk).
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