The secret to longevity: Is drinking wine more important than exercising?

What if someone told you that the secret to longevity is drinking wine? Well, as much as it sounds odd, they might be telling you the truth.  A 2003 study, known as The 90+ Study, tried to find out the secret to long living. The study used the data from another study from 1981. 14,000 people participated in the study – it was named The Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS).

Researches tried to find the factors linked to longer life, the rates of cognitive and functional decline, risk factors for dementia, and the clinical pathological correlations in elderly.

The participants had to do neurophysiological and neurological test twice a year and the study also included their lifestyle habits, medications, activities, diet and medical history. In the end, they found that people who drank alcohol in moderate amounts lived longer than those who didn’t drink at all.

According to them:

The 1981 survey showed that those who drank 2 glasses of alcohol (wine, beer or had liquor) a day had 9-15 percent lower likelihood of dying. Those who exercised 15-45 minutes per day cut the same risk of mortality.

Remember, moderation is the key.

Jim Becker, a professor of neurology, psychology, and psychiatry stressed the importance of moderation as well and added that certain kind of alcohol, for example red wine, is associated with positive health outcomes. Dr Steven Lamm, a clinical professor, says that these studies are unreliable but, they do seem to suggest that a very mild amount of alcohol can reduce the risk for heart disease. Studies also have shown that moderate consumption also reduces the risk for ischemic stroke and diabetes.

Exercising regularly, on the other hand, inhibits the negative effects of hazardous drinking, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. So, yes, drinking moderately may bring benefits, but never forget to go for a walk or a run first.

The secret to longevity is to get plenty of exercises, stay busy and not to drink too much. Then again, don’t drink too little as well.

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