What is more important for improving your health and living past 90? Exercise or eating healthy?
According to The 90+ Study, the answer could be neither!
Focused on the oldest U.S age demographic of 90+ and their habits, the study looks for hints on how to lead a long, healthy and happy life.
1,600 nonagenarians took part in this year’s study (at the Clinic for Aging Research and Education in Laguna Woods, California). The study found that a tipple in the evening could be all it takes to thrive into your 90’s with style.
Among findings on foods, activities and lifestyle choices that favor the long-lived was the news that those who regularly drank 2 glasses of wine or beer daily had beaten the odds of living longer by 18%!
According to Dr. Claudia Kawas, the neurology specialist leading the study, she has “…no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity”.
Along with this encouraging statistic, exercising regularly and an active hobby time of 2 hours a day also were contributors to living longer. Surprisingly though, those who were slightly overweight in their 70’s lived longer than those with more normal weight or who were underweight.
Cheers to that!