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According to Fox it turns out a beer a day may keep the doctor away, The Advertiser reported Tuesday citing a Spanish study.

The study of 1,249 men and women over the age of 57 found those who drank moderate amounts of ale and lager reduced their risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

And with beer containing folic acid, vitamins, iron and calcium, researchers claimed it has the same health benefits already attributed to moderate wine drinking.

Lead researcher Dr Ramon Estruch said moderate drinking of beer was associated with nutritional benefits.

But “moderation” was key and the researchers also suggested drinkers needed to combine beer with exercise and a healthy Mediterranean diet high in fish, fruit, vegetables and olive oil, for optimum results — blaming fatty foods like chips, a lack of exercise and binge drinking for the so-called “beer belly.”

This article mentions the dreaded “beer belly”. While it may be tongue-in-cheek, the truth of the matter is that many times the” belly” can only be lost through actual weight loss. Sometimes, even if the patient is able to get down to an ideal body weight, the abdomen may still protrude. Dr. O’Toole explains to his patients that intra-abdominal fat cannot be treated effectively with either liposuction or abdominoplasty. It is important that patients understand the difference and Dr. O’Toole takes the time to be sure the patients understand the limitations.

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