Drinking alcohol could be more effective than exercise for living past 90 according to researchers. Its good news for boozers that drinking could help you live longer, says a study presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The 90+ study began in 2003, seeks to find out what habits lead to quantity and quality of life in the fastest growing age group in the United States – the “oldest-old.”
The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas studied 1,700 nonagenarians started in 2003. Now, during the latest research the Clinic for Aging Research and Education in Laguna Woods, California’s researchers focused on what food, activities, and lifestyles are promoted among those living longer.
After analyzing more than 1,600 nonagenarians in their 90s, the study found that consuming roughly two glasses of alcohol or wine a day improved their odds of living longer than those who refrained by 18 percent, according to the reports.
“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas said. Kawas also says, “It’s not bad to be skinny when you’re young, but it’s very bad to be skinny when you’re old.”
The researchers also found a link between daily exercising for two hours a day and a long life. Surprisingly, participants who were overweight — but not obese —lived longer than normal or underweight people did. Further research is needed before making the conclusion that drinking alcohol could be more effective than exercise and treating the wine as the drink at the fountain of youth.