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Women Who Drink Stay Slimmer

Women Who Drink Stay Slimmer

A new study about drinking in moderation is coming as a shock to many who think the consumption of alcohol always has ill effects on health.  According to new research, women who drink small amounts of alcohol daily tend to gain less weight in midlife.  Though this type of drinking does seem beneficial, researchers warn against alcohol diets since drinking has been linked to risk of other diseases in women.

A recent report from the Los Angeles Times discusses the findings of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  The researchers studied the alcohol consumption rate of more than 19,000 women, ages 39 and older, over a period of about 13 years. Researchers took into account some other factors that can change the way a woman loses or puts on weight, like smoking, body mass index, physical activity, etc.

What they found was that women who consumed the equivalent of a half a drink to one drink per day were 30 percent less likely to be overweight or obese at the end of the studyThe women who tended to drink red wine were less likely to put on weight.  Lead author of the study, Dr. Lu Wang, clarifies what the findings should mean to women.  Dr. Wang says, "We don’t recommend people start drinking.  All we found is that for women who are normal weight and already drink, they can keep their drinking habit without fear of gaining more weight.  But be sure to keep the amount to light to moderate, exercise regularly and eat healthy.  All of those factors will help you to maintain weight."

Researchers from the study admit they are not really sure why women who drink moderately, especially red wine drinkers, kept from putting on pounds in midlife.  One possible reason is that the women who did drink moderately also tended to consume less carbohydrates.  Because drinking more than one drink a day has been linked to diseases like breast cancer, it’s important to stay within a very light range.  Dr. James Garbutt, from Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, discusses how alcohol effects people in different ways.  Dr. Garbutt says, "alcohol is very much a double-edged sword.  For some people, it may benefit, and for others it may have harm."

What do you think of the recent study linking moderate drinking in women to putting on less weight later in life?

Do you think moderate drinking, especially red wine, is beneficial to your health?

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  • pjclayton57 By pjclayton57
    03.25.10  

    I think that a glass of wine with dinner is a great thing! My grandmother always had wine with her dinner and she lived to be 99! I incorporate that wine with healthy food and exercise and I seem to stay at the same weight range! Cheers!

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    03.25.10  

    For once, some GOOD news!

  • fec139 By fec139
    03.26.10  

    French women have known this for centuries! A glass of RED wine every day is good for the heart and keeps you slim!!

  • girl17 By girl17
    03.30.10  

    Yes, I think a drink with dinner is very beneficial (and relaxing!).

  • PuchtellD By PuchtellD
    04.01.10  

    I think this is a great article. I love red wine and it can be a very healthy drink for your body. A glass a day!!

  • rileypark By rileypark
    04.03.10  

    I am a firm believer that a glass of wine a day is a GOOD thing!, It's relaxing (we all need that!) and has lots of anti oxidants..

  • QueenOfPlastic By QueenOfPlastic
    04.05.10  

    Drinking to keep the weight off, where do I sign-up? I do not like wine, but I'm trying to learn to like it.

  • Gwenlane74 By Gwenlane74
    04.06.10  

    One glass...well I love wine not sure if I could only have one glass...that is why I save it for occasions!

  • shopperMD By shopperMD
    04.06.10  

    I'd rather drink grape juice to be honest. I dont care for wine but a glass a day I hear is supposed to be good for ya.

  • Kristi By Kristi
    04.20.10  

    I believe this. A good glass of red wine always relaxes me.

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