According to a 2016 meta-analysis of 87 studies linking alcohol consumption and longevity, casual drinking may be an indicator of other lifestyle factors related to good health rather than a cause. She says that since more and more people are living much longer, their quality of life is decreasing, however, their brains still remain active with great cognitive skills.
Claudia Kawas, a neurologist at the University of California, led the study that tracked more than 1,600 nonagenarians. The group, made up of people with ages of 90 years old and above, was described as the fastest-growing age group in the United States.
Every six months, researchers visit the participants and perform neurological and neuropsychological tests on them.
The findings of the study are definitely interesting.
Specifically, engaging in physical activity like walking for between 15 and 45 minutes each day reduced likelihood of an early death by 11 percent.
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"I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity", Kawas said.
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If you want to live long and prosper, step one is to make sure you "live long." Additionally, people with daily hobbies were 21% less likely to die early, and coffee drinkers tended to live longer than non-coffee drinkers, by about 10%. Subjects who were slightly overweight, but not obese, had a 3 percent edge over their slimmer counterparts.
"It's not bad to be skinny when you're young but it's very bad to be skinny when you're old", Kawas added in her address.