Thursday, June 30, 2011

Moderate Drinking Could Lower Death Risk for Kidney Transplant Patients

(HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease patients, once cautioned against alcohol use, can relax and have a drink a two, but they also need to be mindful of their weight, two new Dutch studies show.

The researchers found that fears about moderate drinking by kidney disease patients may be unfounded, while concerns about weight are not.

Both studies, conducted by different researchers, were presented Thursday at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in Denver.

One study focused on the effects of alcohol use among kidney transplant patients, who traditionally have been warned against drinking because it might interfere with medications that prevent the body from rejecting a new kidney. It found, instead, that a few drinks might actually help. Read more...

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