I have short Barrett's esophagus, which is being treated with Lansopral (30 mg, twice daily). I also receive endoscope exams every two years.
My question is about drinking red wine. My wife and all my friends drink, and I really like red wine. I'm a scientist and in perusing various medical research I've encountered meta-analyses indicating that wine drinkers have lower rates of esophageal cancer than the general population.
I realize that doctors generally recommend avoiding ethanol when you have Barrett's esophagus, but I am wondering whether this also applies to red wine in moderation. Has any work been done on this? Many doctors recommend 1-2 glasses of red wine a day for cardio health.
Some further background: I am a 50-year-old male who works out almost every day. I also take enterically coated aspirin (81 mg) daily as I've heard this is a good anti-cancer compound, and of course it's wise to reduce cardio risks when you work out vigorously.
Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is twice as common in patients with Barrett's esophagus. But this did not reach statistical significance.
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