Studying the oldest of the old since 2003, researchers from Orange County's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) believe they've found out how people can live longer.
The 90+ Study, as they call it, involved more than 1,600 participants (all 90 or older), whom were questioned every six months about their diet, activities, medical history, medications, in addition to neurological and neuropsychological tests.
The goals of the study were to simply answer questions about how these people were living longer.
Among their findings:
- Those who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who didn't.
- Overweight people in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people.
- More than 40 percent of their 90+ study group suffered from dementia.
University of California neurology specialist, Dr. Claudia Kawas, says that about two glass of beer or wine a day gives people an 18 percent better chance of avoiding premature death, according to the Independent.
And in a quote that'll make you completely second guess this study, Kawas added: “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity."
It probably goes without saying, but it'd be wise to consult with your doctor before you incorporate these methods into your life.