Study: Alcohol Use More Important Than Exercise When It Comes To Longevity

A new study claims that alcohol consumption is more important for a person’s overall longevity than exercise. The study claims that drinking a couple of glasses of beer or wine a day is more important than exercise for those hoping to live past 90.

A specialist in neurology from the University of California spoke about the research at a recent conference.  Dr. Claudia Kawas spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Austin, Texas about the research that she has carried out for the past 15 years.  She and her team began The 90+ Study in 2003 in order to investigate the reasons why some people reach the age of 90 and beyond while others don’t.

The researchers analyzed 1,700 nonagenarians, examining how their daily habits affect their health.

They discovered that those who consumed approximately two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death.

Furthermore, those who were slightly overweight, although not obese, were recorded as having a three per cent reduced chance of an early death. –The Independent
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Dr. Kawas stated at the conference. But moderate drinking isn’t the only tool those who seek longevity should carry.  Doing a hobby that’s enjoyable and some exercise will still help prolong life.

Those who spent two hours a day on a hobby were 21 percent less likely to pass away prematurely, while 15 to 45 minutes of daily physical activity also reportedly reduced their risk of an early death by 11 percent.

Scientists from the Northwestern University in Chicago have carried out a study exploring the memory of people who are more than 80 years old.  For some people, however, living past the age of 90 and maintaining a healthier overall wellbeing in old age could be simply related to their genetic makeup.

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