Female drinkers may suffer more liver damage than men because they metabolize alcohol differently, animal studies suggest.
HealthDay News reported May 18 that researcher Patricia Eagon of the Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Medical Center said that, "Our research suggests that women should be cautious about the amount of alcohol they consume, since they’re highly susceptible to more severe liver injury than men, and thus to potentially serious complications".
"In females, alcohol in the diet along with fish oil injures the intestine, which causes release of factors that contribute to liver injury," Eagon said.
The findings were presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week 2005 conference in Chicago.
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