A glass of white wine a day may delay menopause, study shows

A glass of white wine a day may delay menopause as women who drink are 20% less likely than abstainers to go through it early, study shows

  • Women who drank daily were 20% less likely to have early menopause
  • Red wine has not been shown to be as effective as white – beer and spirits are useless
  • Previous studies have hinted that moderate alcohol intake may delay onset delay
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US tracked nearly 108,000 women

A glass of white wine a day may delay menopause, a study shows.

Women who drank the daily beverage were nearly 20 percent less likely than total abstainers to experience early menopause, researchers found.

Red wine was found not to be as effective as white, while beer and spirits were of no use at all. Bingeing on white wine didn’t help, the scientists said.

Previous studies have hinted that moderate alcohol intake could delay the onset of menopause, but until now it wasn’t clear which drinks were beneficial.

Women who drank the daily booze were nearly 20 percent less likely than total abstainers to experience early menopause, researchers found (file photo)

Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone hormones due to aging.

Hot flashes and sweats are the most common symptoms, affecting three in four women.

Depression, mood swings, fatigue, and headaches are also common. The average age for menopause is 51 years, but some women start to have symptoms from the age of 45 and one in 100 young people under the age of 40.

Early menopause can have major long-term health implications, increasing the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and mental health problems.

Red wine was found not to be as effective as white, while beer and spirits were of no use at all.  Binge ping on white wine didn't help, the scientists said (file photo)

Red wine was found not to be as effective as white, while beer and spirits were of no use at all. Binge ping on white wine didn’t help, the scientists said (file photo)

In the latest study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US followed nearly 108,000 women for more than 20 years.

The results showed that about one to 1.5 glasses of white wine a day reduced the risk of early menopause by 19 percent. Red wine lowered the risk by about 10 percent.

Researchers said alcohol can delay menopause by increasing blood estrogen levels.

It also prevents a damaging process called oxidative stress, where healthy cells decay.

Wine may provide the best protection because it contains high levels of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant thought to prevent several age-related ailments.

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