Toast to Health? Maybe Not Anymore

I'm going out to dinner tonight, and the toughest thing to decide will not be whether or not to choose the salmon over the roast chicken. Instead, it will be whether or not to order a glass of wine...

The latest research on drinking is out and it says that drinking - even one glass of wine a day - raises cancer risk for middle-age women. And if you're like me and not only enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, but enjoy the supposed health benefits like reducing the risk like of heart disease and development of physical disability, this news is confusing.

More than a million middle-age women were studied. The research showed that risks for breast, liver and other cancers were raised even by moderate drinking. Researchers stated that just one alcoholic drink per day led to an increase in the risk of breast, liver, rectum and upper respiratory/digestive tract cancers.

To add to all the confusion is that alcohol intake is associated with decreased risks of certain cancers which includes thyroid, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and renal cell carcinoma.

Trouble is, there are pros and cons to almost everything we do. Take the sun, for instance. Too little sun is bad because it inhibits our Vitamin D production; too much sun is dangerous because it puts us at risk for skin cancer.

So, what's the answer? I wish I had one. My gut is telling me that if I wait long enough, another study will come out disputing this one.

How do you plan on handling this confusing news? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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