DAN: Music to My Ears
By Dan O'Donnell
If no less a publication than TIME Magazine tells you boozing is healthy, then you'd better get yourself a couple of "fitness kegs" as soon as possible. Researchers in Denmark "surveyed 12,000 people over a 20-year period" and "found that exercise and drinking alcohol each had an independent beneficial effect on the heart and a compounded effect when practiced together."
In layman's terms, if you work out between a half-hour and an hour per day and add "moderate alcohol consumption," the benefit of the exercise to your body will be magnified.
According to Dr. Arthur Klatsky, a cardiologist and researcher at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, both alcohol and exercise "help increase good cholesterol, or HDL [high-density lipoproteins], and clean the circulatory system's pipes.
"HDL helps remove fatty deposits, created by bad cholesterol, or LDL [low-density lipoproteins], from blood-vessel walls. The higher the HDL, the less likely vascular disease becomes. The lower the HDL, the more likely."
I didn't really understand much of that, but I do concur wholeheartedly. I'm off to McGillycuddy's. Here's to my health!