People will go to any length to try and increase their lifespan. They’ll exercise every day, cut out sugar, take expensive supplements, and avoid anything that could harm their health. However, what if there was an easier way? Well, according to experts, there just might be.
Living longer might be as easy as opening a nice bottle of merlot. A new study has shown that drinking wine could help you live longer.
How People Live Beyond 90
The aptly named 90+ study’s aim is to find out what causes people to live well into their 90s. Researchers started this project in 2003 and have studied more than 1,600 participants who are all older than 90. They hope that by studying these people, they’ll be able to understand how to improve the quality of older people’s lives.
Their main focuses were centered around the lifestyles that the participants lead. Along with alcohol consumption, they also took things into account such as weight, fitness level, and mental wellbeing.
One of their most fascinating findings was the relationship between alcohol and people’s lifespans. Surprisingly, the participants who drank moderate amounts of alcohol actually lived longer than those who didn’t drink at all.
Their Other Findings
Some of the other things that this study looked at were dementia and disabilities of people over the age of 90. They found that more than 40% of them suffer from dementia. As well as that, almost 80% of them are disabled. Both of these issues are more common in women than in men.
In addition to that, they also wanted to find out how weight affected life expectancy. Although most people would assume that older people at a healthy weight would live longer, that seemed not to be the case. According to this study’s findings, people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than people at a normal or low weight.
Everything in Moderation
Contrary to popular belief, you really can have too much of a good thing. This is certainly true for alcohol consumption. Drinking too much of it can lead to a wealth of problems for your body such as kidney failure. However, if you drink in moderation, it can actually have some real health benefits.
Drinking just one small glass of wine a day can reduce your risk of heart failure, stroke, or diabetes. On the other hand, this is only completely true when you also exercise frequently. Without exercise, your health can run into some serious problems if you also drink often.
Is Wine Really The Answer?
Although this study does state that the participants who drank in moderation lived longer than those who abstained, we can’t say for sure whether that’s due to alcohol consumption. There are a lot of other factors that could be contributing to this finding. For example, perhaps those who can afford to enjoy a nice glass of wine can also afford better health care and healthier food.
Sadly, we can’t be sure whether wine really is some magical elixir of life. What we can say for sure, is that drinking in moderation won’t do you any harm as long as you’re looking after your health in other ways. If you’re exercising regularly and frequently checking on your health, your lifespan could increase. So, enjoy your glass of wine, but maybe go for a run first.
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