Heavy Drinking in Middle Ages Rivals HTN, DM as Stroke Risk

February 1, 2015 7:04 PM

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Researchers analyzed results from a Swedish registry of 11,644 same-sex twins who answered questionnaires between 1967 and 1970. By 2010, the registry yielded 43 years of follow-up, including hospital records and cause-of-death data. Twenty-nine percent of participants had a stroke.

The researchers found that for heavy drinkers, alcohol produced a high risk of stroke in late middle age, starting at age 50. By comparison, light drinkers' or nondrinkers' stroke risk increased gradually with age. Among identical twins, siblings who had a stroke drank more than their siblings who h...

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