We are all aware that we will not live forever, but we all want to live a long and happy life, to see our grandchildren grow, and if possible to even meet our great grandchildren as well. To add each year one more candle to the birthday cake, that is what everyone wishes for, and we are about to tell you the key to this secret.
Scientists always wanted to find the key to a long life, and back in 2003 a study that was names The 90+ Study, also wanted to achieve this goal, and their subjects were named the oldest-old, and in the entire world, this is the fastest growing group.
There was a study named “The Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS), in which more than 14,000 volunteer participants were included and they had to fill their own surveys they were mailed. The researchers used the data from this study, and it was back in 1981.
The team of researchers were only trying to answer their questions, what is the key to a longer life, and what is the main risk of mortality and dementia and they wanted to modify it, also they were examining the dementia epidemiology, the clinical pathological correlation and the rates of the functional and cognitive decline in the oldest-old.
The participants went under neurophysiological and neurological tests two times, and the researchers carefully collected information about their everyday lifestyle habits, medications, activities, diet and medical history. Also the researchers found out that the participants that drank alcohol moderately lived longer, compared to the ones that didn’t drink.
The researchers reported:
“According to the data used from the 1981 study, participants that drank 1-2 glasses of alcohol (hard liquor, wine or beer) on daily basis had decreased the likelihood of dying by 15%, compared to the ones that didn’t drink. Also there were participants that were exercising from 15-45 minutes and they managed to decrease the risk of mortality from 15 to 35%.”
However, the main and most important thing is, Moderation!
A professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Jim Becker who is a psychologist, neurologist and psychiatrist, and an associate director at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, reported also how important the moderation is:
“According to the data that was found, people who drank moderately on daily basis, especially red wines, were getting huge numbers of benefits. But that doesn’t mean that if you haven’t drank your entire life, and now you are 79 years old and you decide to drink red wine, that it will provide benefits for you.”
Also a clinical professor of medicine and medical director of the Tisch Center for Men’s Health at the NY University Langone Health, named Dr. Steven Lamm reported that:
“Every type of alcohol is a poison, and it is harmful for every organ in our body, but the researches show that consuming it moderately can provide a lot of benefits for you, and can also decrease the risk of a heart disease as well.”
For people who are older than 65 one drink is enough, and for men who are below this age limit, two drinks are enough. A standard drink should be, 5 fluid ounces of wine, 1.5 fluid ounces of distilled spirits and 12 fluid ounces of beer. Also according to this study the moderate consumption of alcohol, decreases the risk of an ischemic stroke, diabetes and the death from a heart disease.
So, you can enjoy a glass of red wine every day with your dinner or your lunch, but don’t drink too much though. Many health issues can be triggered from the excessive consumption of alcohol, therefore increasing the risk of death from almost every cause.
Therefore we are advising you to have a glass of wine or two every day, but be careful not to go overboard, especially if you were exercising before. Herman Smith-Johannsen knew all about this, and reported:
“The key to a long and happy life is to exercise a lot, stay busy and don’t drink too much, but also don’t drink too little!”