Body Sense

Autumn/Winter 2010

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BODY T ALK An Hour a Day A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has some sobering advice for aging women seeking to maintain a trim figure: you really need at least one hour of moderate exercise every day. The 13-year study involved more than 34,000 women with an average age of 54 and determined that women who had always been at a healthy weight begin to put on pounds despite no increase in food intake, due to decreased metabolism brought on by middle age. Wine for the Waistline Red wine in moderation has a slimming effect for women, according to Boston researchers. A study of nearly 20,000 middle-aged and older women found moderate drinkers tend to put on less weight than non-drinkers, regardless of other lifestyle choices. Red wine was determined to have the best effect, though white wine and beer also showed a positive effect in helping drinkers stay slim. The 13-year study found that all participants gained weight, but teetotalers averaged an 8-pound increase while women who drank 30 grams of alcohol or more each day gained only 3.4 pounds. Dark Chocolate and Your Liver New research out of Spain yields more positive evidence about the effects of adding dark chocolate to your diet. This time it is your liver that could benefit, as antioxidants called flavonols in dark chocolate were found to make blood cells relax and widen, reducing post-meal abdominal blood pressure spikes that strain the liver, especially with patients suffering from cirrhosis. The study, which involved 21 patients with end-stage liver disease, was presented at the 2010 European Association for the Study of the Liver. 4 Body Sense autumn/winter 2010

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