Alcohol more important than exercise for living past 90

When it comes to living a long life - booze may actually help you live longer than hitting the treadmill. The study shows people who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were nearly 20 percent less likely to experience a premature death.

The major findings:

  • People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
  • People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
  • Over 40% of people aged 90 and older suffer from dementia while almost 80% are disabled. Both are more common in women than men.
  • About half of people with dementia over age 90 do not have sufficient neuropathology in their brain to explain their cognitive loss.
  • People aged 90 and older with an APOE2 gene are less likely to have clinical Alzheimer’s dementia, but are much more likely to have Alzheimer’s neuropathology in their brains.

[UCI Mind]

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