Fried potato consumption is associated with elevated mortality: an 8-y longitudinal cohort study

Source: Fried potato consumption is associated with elevated mortality: an 8-y longitudinal cohort study

Results: Of the 4400 participants, 2551 (57.9%) were women with a mean ± SD age of 61.3 ± 9.2 y. During the 8-y follow-up, 236 participants died. After adjustment for 14 potential baseline confounders, and taking those with the lowest consumption of potatoes as the reference group, participants with the highest consumption of potatoes did not show an increased risk of overall mortality (HR: 1.11; 95% CI: 0.65, 1.91). However, subgroup analyses indicated that participants who consumed fried potatoes 2–3 times/wk (HR: 1.95; 95% CI: 1.11, 3.41) and ≥3 times/wk (HR: 2.26; 95% CI: 1.15, 4.47) were at an increased risk of mortality. The consumption of unfried potatoes was not associated with an increased mortality risk.

Conclusions: The frequent consumption of fried potatoes appears to be associated with an increased mortality risk.

The abstract indicates the researchers controlled for “14 confounders”.  Note the increased mortality impact was from a subgroup analysis.  Since I’m unwilling to pay $40 USD for the full study I’ll never know if the researchers controlled for triple cheeseburgers, eggs, bacon, sausage, fried fish,  or any other foods commonly consumed with fried potatoes.


Timeless Advice for Men – Valentine’s Day

I know this post has nothing to do with underwriting but I had to reprint the following email from my local wine shop.  Enjoy!
If you are a guy, you are about to confront one of the most treacherous times of the year: The Valentine Weekend, also known as the Realm of Unknown Expectations.
Each year at this time many of you guys make serious mistakes, some so serious as to cause Temporary Unexpected Relationship Disabilities such as the Deafening Silence. Don’t let this happen to you this year.  Here are a few guidelines to help you avoid these sad consequences. Do NOT under any circumstances do any of the following:

1)  Your sweetie has been wanting to get in shape for her upcoming most dreaded time of the year, swimsuit season.  To be supportive, your idea is to give her the latest workout video wrapped up in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for motivation.

2) Your honey works hard. You want to make her life easier and also show her that you care. Your idea is to give her an iRobot Roomba with a big pink bow.

3) Your sugarbear has said she is concerned about the extra weight she gained over the Holidays, so you think it would be a thoughtful idea to buy her a brand new Digital Scale.

Guys, do you remember the scene in the film Aliens (the first one) when Sigourney Weaver has initiated the self-destruct sequence? Do you remember the crazy sound of the alarm horns going off to warn her of imminent demise? Those are the same sounds that you should be hearing if you are seriously considering ANY of the above gifts.

This is deceptively simple, really.  Take the time to buy her a thoughtful card, one that doesn’t refer to body parts or processes. If she loves chocolate, stop by Gourmet Gallery and buy some of their amazingly good truffles.

Then come to Edmond Wine Shop, and we will help you pick out the perfect wine, spirit or beer to make Valentine’s Day memorable for you both.  Memorable in a good way, that is.