Wouldn’t you like to be able to grow old and see your children and grandchildren grow? This is the dream of every parent in the world, but there are a lot of things that can get in the way. Our life expectancy is reduced in the past few decades and there are various factors which further reduce it by the day. However, scientists may have found the answer to longevity and surprisingly, it may be lying at the bottom of a wine glass!
Live Longer With Wine
Although medicine and science has really progressed over the last few decades and has found different ways of keeping us alive and well, we can’t rely on them alone if we want to live longer. In 2003, a team of scientists went on a mission to identify the factors associated with longevity.
The study involved about 100 people over 90 and the team was itching to see what makes these people live that long. They examined the subjects’ cognitive and functional decline, their epidemiology of dementia and the clinical pathological correlations between the subjects. Twice a year, the subjects were visited at home for neurological and neuropsychological tests.
By The Glass Or Bottle?
Drinking wine can definitely make you live longer, but this doesn’t mean you should chug it all day long. The Mayo Clinic says that adults over 65 should drink in moderation, or one drink per day. If you’re younger than that, you can have two.
The standard drink is considered 12 fluid oz. of beer or 5 fluid oz. of wine. According to the study, the subjects who stuck to the guidelines had a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and ischemic stroke, which means they had better chances of living longer.
Another study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine examined how physical activity fights the negative effects of drinking alcohol. The nearly 40 000 participants were divided into 3 groups – those who weren’t active, people with moderate physical activity and people who exercise regularly. The team of scientists also looked at how much alcohol all 3 groups of people were drinking.
The study lasted for 10 years and discovered that alcohol abuse is associated to a higher risk of premature death when compared to lifelong abstinence from booze. The more drinks the subjects had per week, the higher their risk of death from cancer was.
When compared to the how much physical activity the subjects were getting, exercise was found to wipe off the risk of death from cancer associated with drinking, which means that exercise is crucial for your wellbeing, especially if you have the habit of drinking often.