Drinking alcohol key to living past 90, says study

Drinking alcohol key to living past 90, says study

A study done by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, found that people over 90 who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18% less likely to die a premature death.

Specifically, engaging in physical activity like walking for between 15 and 45 minutes each day reduced likelihood of an early death by 11 percent.

It turns out that pouring a glass or two of alcohol each night or having a cup of coffee during the day might give people a better chance of making it to their 90th birthday.

There were other factors that increased longevity for participants in the study, too.

The cohort is called simply, The 90+ Study, and it's ongoing (details below if you know someone over 90 who might want to join).

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"These people are inspiring - they drink wine, drink coffee, gain weight, but they exercise and use their brains".

Every six months, researchers visit the participants and perform neurological and neuropsychological tests on them.

The latest findings also note that people who were slightly overweight, but not obese, were three percent less likely to die young. "Maybe that can tell us something", Kawas added.

Further study is needed to determine how habits impact longevity beyond people's genetic makeups.

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