Alcohol Boosts Stroke Risk More Than Do Hypertension, Diabetes
Drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day in middle-age raises stroke risk in early old age more than do traditional risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that individuals who consumed more than two drinks a day during midlife had double the risk for stroke between the ages of 60 and 75 years compared with those who consumed an average of half an alcoholic drink per day.
@kamal A similar analysis of stroke risk associated with hypertension and diabetes found that heavy drinking during midlife was a more important risk factor for strokes occurring before age 75. But stroke risk after age 75 was more affected by diabetes and hypertension than was earlier alcohol consumption. Previous studies have shown that alcohol affects stroke risk, but this is the first study to pinpoint differences with age, the authors note.