April 28, 2014

That Night and the Next Day

1 Heavy Drinking Leads to Heavy Eating

When you drink too much, there's a better than 50-50 chance that you'll also eat too much, and maybe for two days. A British survey of over 2,000 people found that 51 percent of them reported that when they drank alcohol beyond a certain level, they binged on fast food, and of that group, one-half cancelled physical activities and overate on the following day. The "tipping point" was a bit more than nine units of alcohol consumed, roughly equal to three large glasses of wine or four pints of beer. That amount tended to trigger the consumption of 2,900 extra food calories that night and some 2,000 calories above their normal intake the day after. This was on top of the 1,500 calories supplied by the alcohol. Those 6,400 extra calories could result in two added pounds of body weight.

More at Bbc.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Binge Drinking Dangerous for Men with High BP

Tags: Binge Drinking and Weight, Calories from Alcohol, Alcohol and Obesity, Alcohol and Overeating

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But Hold the Cream and Sugar

2 Coffee May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Studies have linked coffee consumption to a decrease in type 2 diabetes and now, a study from the Harvard School of Public Health says that changing your coffee drinking pattern affects diabetes risk. The study, which followed about 120,000 participants over 4 years, found that those who upped their consumption by more than a cup a day lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by 11% while those who lowered their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day raised their risk by 17%. "For type 2 diabetes, up to six cups per day is associated with lower risk," said lead researcher Shilpa Bhupathiraju who postulates that phenolic compounds and lignans in coffee may improve glucose metabolism. But, sorry, you’re going to have to hold the cream and sugar and drink it black to gain the benefits.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Coffee Lowers Diabetes Risk

Tags: Coffee, Diabetes, Harvard School of Public Health, Lignans, Type 2 Diabetes, Coffee and Type 2 Diabetes, Shilpa Bhupathiraju, Phenolic Compounds

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Non-Native Speakers for Jurors

3 Foreign Language Affects Moral Decisions

Decisions may be influenced by speaking a foreign language, say researchers from the University of Chicago and Pompeu Fabra University. Moral choices, such as whether to sacrifice one life to save five lives, appear to be influenced by speaking a foreign language, found the study. Researchers say that those speaking a foreign language take more of a utilitarian approach to moral dilemmas, and are more likely to make a decision based on what's better for the common good. The researchers believe that foreign languages elicit a reduced emotional response, which helps to provide psychological distance. Researchers say this means immigrants may make great jury members. The study, published in PLOS ONE, used the "trolley dilemma" (sacrifice one person to save five) to test moral decisions.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: One Week of Speech Therapy Helps Stutterers

Tags: PLoS ONE, University of Chicago, Pompeu Fabra University, Effects of Speaking Another Language, Foreign Language Reduces Emotional Response, Best Jurors, Trolley Dilemma

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