It’s always fun to celebrate birthdays every year. It can be even more exciting when you realize that there are possible ways that you can increase the probability of living a longer life.
Scientists finally have a breakthrough and now they know a secret that can increase the likelihood of your lifespan and the 90+ study in the year of 2003 also tried the same by researching over the oldest-old.
For Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS) research study purposes in 1981, 14,000 participants were sent a survey in order to collect data.
The study was conducted by a team of experts to figure out the factors that lead to a longer life and what was linked to it. It was also done to understand the epidemiology of dementia in better ways. In addition to that, the survey helped collect data regarding the rates of cognitive and functional decline in the oldest-old, along with clinical pathological correlations.
Neurological and neurophysiologic tests were carried out on the participants twice every year. Not only that but the information that was also collected includes their activities, lifestyle, diet and family history.
Along with other research, examiners were able to conclude that the people who drank alcohol in moderate amounts lived longer compared to others.
In their opinion:
“Using data from our 1981 survey, people who consumed one to two glasses of alcohol (beer, wine or hard liquor) per day had 9-15 percent lower likelihood of dying compared to those who abstain from all alcohol. Participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day in 1981, cut the same risk of mortality by 15-35 percent.”
But, one thing to keep in mind while drinking is “moderation”.
At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the associate director of University of Pittsburg Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Jim Becker, Ph.D. also emphasized on self-control while drinking as he stated:
“The data are generally consistent with the idea that moderate intake of certain kinds of alcohol, and in particular red wines, are associated with certain positive health outcomes. But that doesn’t mean that if you suddenly decide at the age of 70 to start drinking now that that’s necessarily the solution.”
It was also added by Dr. Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor at Tisch Center for Men’s Health at NYU Langone Health:
“Alcohol is known to injure every organ in your body. It’s a poison. However, there is a paradox and that is that a very mild or moderate amount in some of these population studies — which are notoriously unreliable in my opinion — do seem to suggest that it reduces the risk for heart disease.”
According to the recommendations of Mayo Clinic, people older than 65 should only be allowed one drink while men younger than this age should only be allowed only two. The standard drink of a wine should be 5 fluid ounces, 1.5 ounces of distilled spirit and 12 fluid ounces for that of a beer.
According to the research, the results show that risk of diabetes, ischemic stroke and heart diseases are also lowered with the help of moderate drinking.
Hence, it’s safe to say that you can enjoy a glass wine or beer along with your dinner. While on one hand, it might increase your life but on the other, the excessive consumption of it will lead to health issues that might result in early death.
Also, drinking once or twice might be enough for a longer life but in order to get a healthier life along with it one must exercise or go for a walk before drinking a glass or two of wine.
To end all of this, here’s a Herman Smith-Johannsen’s quote, “The secret to a long life is to stay busy, get plenty of exercise and don’t drink too much. Then again, don’t drink too little.”