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Drinking Wine May Help You Live Over 90 Years!

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Drinking Wine May Help You Live Over 90 Years!

Wouldn’t it be great to live forever? Well, maybe not forever, but at least long enough to see your grandkids grow, or maybe even some great grand kids. Not many people are lucky enough for that to happen, but recently, more and more people seem to adding more candles to their birthday cakes. So why are we living longer than generations before us? The answer isn’t as simple as black or white – or should we say red or white.

Living Longer With…Wine?

While it’s true that we’ve made huge jumps in medicine that has done a great deal on keeping us healthy and living longer, but that’s not the only thing keeping us going.

So what’s the secret to us living longer? The study [1], appropriately named the 90+ Study, began in 2003 in the hopes of studying the oldest-old which is becoming the fastest growing age group in the world. The initial participants of the study were part of another study called The Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS) which began in 1981. Leisure World was a large retirement community in Orange County, California and the 14,000 participants were mailed surveys that they filled out.

Using the information from the 14,000 participants of the LWCS, researchers from the 90+ Study were able to ask, ‘What allows people to live to age 90 and beyond?’

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The goals of the study were to [1]:

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  • Determine factors associated with longevity
  • Examine the epidemiology of dementia in the oldest-old
  • Examine rates of cognitive and functional decline in the oldest-old
  • Examine clinical pathological correlations in the oldest-old
  • Determining modifiable risk factors for mortality and dementia

Those who participate in the study are visited twice a year for neurological and neurophysiological tests. Researchers at the Clinic for Aging Research and Education, located in Laguna Woods, California gathered information about diet, activities that the participants did on a day-to-day basis, their medical history, medications and other lifestyle factors.

One of the major findings that researchers discovered was that those who drank a moderate amount of alcohol lived longer than those who abstained from it. It also noted that moderate coffee drinkers also lived longer, but that’s not as fun.

By The Glass Or By The Bottle?

Ok, so drinking wine can help you live longer but that doesn’t mean that you should start finishing bottles with dinner. The key here is moderation, because too much of anything can be a bad thing. If you’re not sure how much alcohol counts as moderation, according to the Mayo Clinic [2] for healthy adult women and men older than 65, moderation is one drink. For men under 65, it’s two drinks. But these aren’t heavy pours; a standard drink is 12 fluid ounces of beer, 5 fluid ounces of wine, or 1.5 fluid ounces of distilled spirits.

Moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to have some health benefits, including [2]:

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