The news media was recently buzzing over a recent study out of Brown University that links consumption of white wine to an increased risk Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Specifically, each daily glass of white wine was linked to a 13 percent greater risk of melanoma. A chemical called acetaldehyde, found in some wines is known to damage DNA. According to Wikipedia, acetaldehyde is also behind the dreaded hangover. The study noted that red wine, contains a number of antioxidants that might counteract the harmful effects of acetaldehyde.
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Now, being a wine professional as well as a certified health coach I wanted to dig deeper on this one. There are heart health benefits for consuming wine, especially red wine, in moderation. There are also studies linking beverage alcohol consumption to an increased risk for certain kinds of cancer including breast, colon and esophogeal, among others.
Dr. Tanya Kormeili, board-certified dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses this study as well as the best ways to protect your skin year round Dec. 26. Dr. Kormeili has authored several books and is widely cited on issues regarding skin cancer as well as anti aging. @DrTKderm