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Explaining the French paradox

Burr, Michael Leslie 1995. Explaining the French paradox. The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 115 (4) , pp. 217-219. 10.1177/146642409511500404

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Abstract

The 'French paradox' refers to the very low incidence of and mortality rates from ischaemic heart disease in France despite the fact that saturated fat intakes, serum cholesterol, blood pressure and prevalence of smoking are no lower there than elsewhere. To some extent it is due to under-reporting, but this is not the whole explanation. The relative immunity of the French to ischaemic heart disease has been attributed to their high alcohol consumption and to their intake of antioxidant vitamins, both being supplied by wine. The custom of drinking wine with the meal may confer protection against some of the adverse effects of the food.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol Drinking* / epidemiology, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol / blood, France / epidemiology, Humans, Incidence, Life Style*, Myocardial Ischemia / epidemiology, Myocardial Ischemia / mortality, Myocardial Ischemia / prevention & control*, Risk Factors, Smoking / mortality, Wine* Substances Cholesterol
Additional Information: Publication Types Comparative Study Full Text Sources HighWire - PDF Medical Alcohol - MedlinePlus Health Information Molecular Biology Databases CHOLESTEROL - HSDB
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1466-4240
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 03:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/59280

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