YAY for Beer! Beer Could Lower Arthritis Risk In Women

on 25/04/14 at 11:35 am

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imagesWomen who drink two to four beers a week have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has claimed.

The study, carried out by scientists from the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, found that women who drank moderate levels of beer were 22% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, according to a report by dailyrx.com.

Using data collected from 238,131 women, two studies were conducted over 20 and 28 years with women completing a questionnaire every four years on their alcohol intake.

Researchers categorised the amount and type of alcohol consumed and defined moderate alcohol consumption as 5.0 to 9.9 grams of alcohol per day, or three to five standard drinks per week.

Of all the women surveyed 908 cases of rheumatoid arthritis were identified with women who drank moderately found to have a 22% percent lower chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women who did not drink any alcohol.

Women who drank two to four beers a week had a 31% decreased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis compared to women who never drank beer.

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