Moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol may be linked to a longer life

Moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol may be linked to a longer life

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Can drinking alcohol and coffee help me live longer?

Hold onto your almonds for this piece of news. A recent study has linked a daily cup of coffee and glass of wine to playing a role in the longevity of your life. Ongoing research has revealed similar habits in everyday behaviors of people who live to be 90 and beyond.

The 90+ study is one of the largest studies in the world of the “oldest-old” Americans. Some 1,800 others between the ages 90-99 have jumped on board with this research, contributing their blood and DNA, having their bodies imaged, and sharing details of their lifestyle.

According to the 90+ Study, those who drank moderate amounts of coffee or alcohol lived longer than those who abstained. Coffee by day, wine by night. Two glasses of wine or beer were linked to a reduced risk of premature death, research shows.

“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking is associated with longevity,” Dr. Claudia Kawas, co-principal investigator of the study noted.

Here are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • Everything in moderation. Excessive alcohol intake at younger ages are not likely to make it to their 90’s, Kawa said.
  • Exercise is important. As little as 15 minutes of exercise a day was associated with greater longevity, 30 minutes was better, and 45 minutes was even better than that, reported Kawas.
  • Genes play a big role.

In short, lifestyle makes a huge difference. A healthy diet, exercise and efforts to minimize stress will play a huge role in the quality and longevity of your life. Take time for yourself, and always remember to drink coffee all day long… just in case.  

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