A lot of us view drinking as a harmless thing. A few drinks here and there don’t seem like a big deal, especially if a problem with alcoholism has never been acknowledged. In fact, there are a lot of studies out there that stress that a glass of red wine on a regular basis is actually really healthy for you.
And while these things are true, it’s something that we each need to be careful about. For one, an issue with alcoholism is hard to see firsthand. If we have this issue in our lives, we are likely to be the last person to know about it. Unfortunately, it is often human nature to overlook the glaring issues that we need to deal with the most.
However, there is another problem with drinking on a regular basis. A genetic study indicates that higher alcohol consumption rates lead to a greater risk of stroke and peripheral artery disease. Heavy drinkers were 27 percent more likely to have a stroke. They were also three times more likely to have issues with circulation, usually in blood flow to the legs.
A lot of this information was already known on an anecdotal level. People that drink more tend to have more health problems. The difference between past studies and this one was that this current study looked at genetic analysis rather than working with people face to face. This particular study looked at the genetic factors of those involved and came to the same conclusion that past studies did. This is important because a lot of past studies relied on self-reported information, which can often be less than factual or at least tainted by personal views.
The team’s findings were published in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine.
Heavier drinking tends to be related with a greater need for senior care early on in the senior years–even if alcoholism isn’t a factor. This population is also a lot more likely to suffer from a physical disability. While a glass of wine here and there can be good for you, heavy drinking isn’t. For some, this can be a fine line.
The fact remains, though: Good senior care is hard to find sometimes, especially if you live in an area that does not have a lot of care providers reaching out to the community. Being in quarantine can make finding the most effective care for a loved one even more difficult.
But we are here to help. We are proud to serve the San Francisco Bay Area with personalized in-home care. We can also help answer any questions that you might have about just what your family needs. We can’t guarantee that we will be the best fit for every family that is looking for care, but at the very least, we can help answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction. If we can’t be of help to you, we can at least get you connected with the services that will.
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