Beer is likely causing arthritis of your knees, wine could make it better 100



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If you drink beer, be warned… you could be significantly more prone to osteoarthritis of the knee and hip than wine drinkers.  A new study by the University of Nottingham conducted at a large scale, over a long time,  has pointed to data that shows beer drinkers who consumed more than 20 units of beer per week were 93 percent more likely to have arthritis of the knee.

Researchers studied 3,171 participants, each caucasian men and women, between 45- and 86-years old, of which more than 2000 had diagnosed osteoarthritis cases, and over 1000 acted as controls.

They assessed weekly alcohol consumption exploring  the consumption of beer, wine and spirits in detail.

And the findings showed that people who drink wine are less likely to suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee and hips. Wine consumption, however, was associated with a reduced risk of knee osteoarthritis. A reduced risk was also seen for spirits in hip osteoarthritis with a dose response relationship.

In contrast, non-alcoholic beverages did not appear to associate with knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Their findings are published in the journal Arthritis Research Therapy.

Have you or your partner battled with osteoarthritis?  Have you got a history of beer drinking?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Oh come on I don’t believe that, I’m lucky to drink 1 or 2 beers a year because I only like it when it is really hot and the beer really cold, however I have had 2 full knee replacements in 8 months, my whole family have osteoarthritis and some don’t drink beer at all.

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