Booze beats exercise for living past 90, study finds

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"I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity", said neurologist Claudia Kawas from the University of California, that initiated the study in 2003.

As the Independent reports, an aging study analyzing the health and lifestyle of 1,700 nonagenarians - that's people in their 90s - has found that consuming alcohol can boost a person's longevity.

Another curious discovery was that people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people.

During the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, Kawas reported that older people who consumed two glasses of beer or wine each day were 18 percent less likely to suffer a premature death. Self-described goals of the study are to discover factors associated with longevity, the impact of dementia in those 90 and older, among others area.

"It's not bad to be skinny when you're young but it's very bad to be skinny when you're old", Kawas noted in her address.

People who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day only cut that risk by 11 percent. The researchers perform various tests, including neurological, neuropsychological, cognitive, and physical examinations, while obtaining a wide variety of information that includes medical history, activities, diet, and many others. Maybe that can tell us something'.

Drinking two cups of coffee a day lowered the risk by 10%. This increased participants' odds of living past 90 by 3 percent. Both are more common in women than men.

But Professor Kawas said while the tips could extend life, they would not guarantee the extended years would be healthy ones.

"People should try to incorporate as many of these things into their day if they wish to give themselves the best chance of living to a ripe age". "There's a remarkable core of individuals we see who maintain excellent cognitive skills and often motor skills".