Wine May Help Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Some studies have shown the polyphenols in wine can help heart health, provided people don’t overdo it.

Now, new research suggests that wine might also be a boon to another essential organ.

According to Dr. Tapan Mehta at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, you could be doing your kidneys a favor by drinking wine in moderation, that is, about one five-ounce glass per day.

Following a review of 6,000 people over a four-year period, with 1,000 diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, Mehta says that those who drank one glass of either red or white wine daily had a 37 percent less risk of developing the condition than non-wine drinkers.

Without establishing a cause-and-effect relationship, Mehta speculates that moderate wine drinkers have lower levels of protein in the urine. It turns out that higher levels of protein show up in those with chronic kidney disease, which is brought on by diabetes and high blood pressure.

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