Did you know that a pretty enormous study actually found moderate drinking to be one of the keys to longevity? Well, it did and might be a good reason for that glass of wine with your dinner.
This study is known as the 90+ study and was initiated back in 2003. It was meant to study the oldest-old and is one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in the world. Its findings were presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference back in February of this year and shows a definite link. The study was led by Dr. Kawas, and she and her team found that drinking two glasses of wine or beer each day could reduce premature death risks by almost 20 percent!
The participants were people who had been members of the Leisure World Cohort Study that began back in 1981 and consists of about 14,000 people. These participants were and are visited every six months by these researchers who would perform neological and neuropsychological testing on them. They were also tested in regards to cognitive functioning.
Researchers from The 90+ Study have published many scientific papers in premier journals. Some of the major findings are:
People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
Over 40% of people aged 90 and older suffer from dementia while almost 80% are disabled. Both are more common in women than men.
About half of people with dementia over age 90 do not have sufficient neuropathology in their brain to explain their cognitive loss.
People aged 90 and older with an APOE2 gene are less likely to have clinical Alzheimer’s dementia but are much more likely to have Alzheimer’s neuropathology in their brains.
The 90+ Study is seeking new participants. If you are at least 90 years old and are willing to participate in twice-annual visits and donate your brain to research after death, you may be eligible to enroll in The 90+ Study.
Moderate alcohol consumption is something we have for quite some time known to have benefits but increasing longevity was not something we could have ever assumed. That being said, binge drinking does the exact opposite so remember when it comes to alcohol, less is more. What do you think about all of this? Do you agree with these findings or do you think somewhere they have to be flawed?