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Little Coffee and Alcohol, Little Exercise and Forgiving Heart May Extend Your Life Past 90

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drinking alcohol and living longer

One or two beers or glasses of wine a day shows some restraint. People who lack impulse control are not going to live long enough to participate in the study.


According to a new study - the 90+ Study - conducted by researchers from the University of California, headed by Claudia Kawas, those who drank about two glasses of beer or wine every day were 18 percent more likely to live longer than those who did not. It is said that this may even be better for one’s health than exercise. But too much alcohol irreversibly damages human brain.

Exercise Also Helps Longevity

It is also important to mention that those who exercised for 15 to 45 minutes every day also cut their chances of dying earlier by 11 percent.

Big Study: 1,700 Participants Observed Every Six Months

As part of the study, 1,700 participants were observed every six months at the Clinic for Aging Research and Education in Laguna Woods, California. Researchers conducted a multitude of tests, including neurological, neuropsychological, and cognitive tests on the participants. In addition to taking tests, they also asked the participants of this study questions about their health and habits, including factors such as diet, medical history, medications they take, and other activities they take part in.

Those people who took part in several hobbies and other activities reduced their chances of dying sooner by 21 percent. It was concluded that those who lived healthier lifestyles tended to live longer than those who did not.

2 Cups of Cofee Per Day

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It is also interesting to note that drinking two cups of coffee per day reduced the chance of dying prematurely by 10 percent, and those who regularly drank coffee tended to live longer than those who did not.

According to Claudia Kawas, the head researcher of the study and a neurologist by profession, “I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity. These people are inspiring-- they drink wine, drink coffee, gain weight, but they exercise and use their brains. Maybe that can tell us something. There’s a remarkable core of individuals we see who maintain excellent cognitive skills and often motor skills.”

She is particularly interested in why some people can reach the age 90, and why others cannot. According to her studies, around 80 percent of those who have reached 90 years old are disabled, and 40 percent suffer from issues such as dementia. 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.

This study began in 2003 and continues up till this point. Based on all the studies and tests the research team has performed, it can be concluded that drinking a glass or two of wine or beer can increase one’s chances of living to old age, provided that otherwise, they live a happy and healthy lifestyle.

It is important to mention, though, as many commentators of the article said, that healthy lifestyle also plays a huge part in living longer. Also, when the study talks about “drinking alcohol,” it means in moderation and small quantities. Everything in moderation and staying healthy overall in life play a large part in longevity.

Forgiving Others

I mentioned in the title that you must learn to forgive others. When you do that, you will have less stress and less depression. You will know that people make mistakes just as you do. You trespass, they trespass. You forgive them, God forgives you. Life becomes easier: less stress and fewer illnesses caused by stress and depression.

By the way, here are 4 reasons why people drink alcohol.

Do you know of anyone who has lived a very long time? What are some of their secrets for living a long life? Does what they say correspond to the findings of this study? Please let us know in the comments.