Low-dose Alcohol and Breast Cancer Risk

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  1. There is a clear link between obesity, Type II diabetes and a number of cancers, including breast cancer. Could it possibly be obese and/or diabetic women who consume low dose alcohol have the increased risk and not those with an acceptable BMI?
  2. If you consider the data from the Mediterranean, there is, in fact, a 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and cancer in consumers of low dose alcohol, especially red wine. So, it may even be the interaction between low dose alcohol and a poor western diet with or without obesity and diabetes that contributes to breast cancer risk.
  3. Almost never spoken about in the medical literature or in the media is the well-established long-term data from the Nurses’ Health study that shows in those women who took a daily, high-quality multivitamin and consumed low dose alcohol, the breast cancer risk was negated.
  4. Certainly not considered here are the psychosocial factors that may be associated with breast cancer and/or the reasons certain people may consume alcohol.
  5. Finally, many people who consume alcohol underreport their intake; so, again it may be that higher doses are consumed despite the fact that the women may claim they are only drinking 1–2 glasses per day.

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Dr Ross Walker

Dr Ross Walker

Dr Walker is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally.