nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Drink A Day Keeps The Weight Away...In Women Only

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Mar 8) published data on alcohol intake and obesity in women, taken from the Harvard Women's Nurse's Health Study.  The study group was large (19K) and they were followed for about 13 years.  Compared with women who did not drink, those who had a drink or two a day were 30% less likely to be overweight (BMI>25) or obese (BMI>30).

Oh, and by the way, this doesn't work for men.  If they drink, they gain (from a previous study in 2003).

The problem with studies like these is, they don't tell us anything useful.  I can think of a dozen reasons why this could be true, ranging from the coincidence that these women have a mental attitude toward oral intake, to there being a positive effect of alcohol on appetite.

So, put this in the Useless Nature Note pile.

Doc D

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