Patients with high cholesterol have been told that drinking a moderate
amount of alcohol can help increase the amount of good cholesterol in their
Linda Main, a nutritionist and dietician for
Heart UK, explained that alcohol can increase the amount of high-density
lipoprotein in the blood and thus could help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
These effects will only be seen if patients drink between one and three
units each day and the benefit is too small for people who do not already drink
to begin consuming alcohol, she said.
Ms Main also advised that if a person drinks in excess of three units a day
their risk of coronary heart disease will begin to increase.
According to the British Heart Foundation, high
cholesterol can be caused by a diet which contains a lot saturated fat, but can
also be attributed to a genetic condition called familial hyperlipidaemia.
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Heart treatment news : 25 November 2011