At the European Society of Cardiology meeting that is currently in progress, those of us who like to engage in a little wine drinking got some good news–but only if we like to exercise, too.
A study presented at the conference titled “In Vino Veritas” (which translates to “In Wine, Truth”) found that those who drank wine regularly (approximately one glass five days a week for women) have healthier hearts than those who do not indulge, as found in previous studies. However, the study determined that those positive effects only applied to participants who also worked out twice a week.
The project’s lead researcher, Miloš Táborský, who is the head of cardiology at the Palacký University Hospital in the Czech Republic, said, “We found that moderate wine drinking was only protective in people who exercised. Red and white wine produced the same results.” He went on to say, “Our current study shows that the combination of moderate wine drinking plus regular exercise improves markers of atherosclerosis [the buildup of plaque in the arteries], suggesting that this combination is protective against cardiovascular disease.”
It seems if you want to have the health benefits of wine drinking, you also may have to get on the treadmill–although, preferably not at the same time.
(via The Atlantic)