The desire for longevity has always been present in the life span of mankind. This is a natural wish because there isn’t a person in the world that does not want to see his or hers grandchildren growing up, graduate, getting married and even see a great grandchild.
This wish can come true for many people if they follow a certain way that we are about to present in this article.
Scientists have also done numerous researches regarding this issue and in a 2003 study known as “The 90+ Study” involved a survey of 14,000 participants of the older generation. In fact, researchers have used the data from a 1981 study titled as The Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS) where the involved participants had to fill out surveys and then send them per mail.
The mailed query included questions which could determine the factors related to longer life, and the modifiable risk factors for dementia and mortality. Additionally researches wanted to examine the epidemiology of dementia, the rates of cognitive and functional decline, and the clinical pathological correlations in the oldest participants.
The researches went even further in the testing of the participants who underwent neurological and neurophysiological tests two times per year. Plus, they were obliged to submit information about their diet, activities, medical history, used medications, and lifestyle habits.
Something else was taken into consideration in these surveys and that is the consumption of alcohol where it was revealed that the participants that consumed alcohol in moderate amounts lived longer than their counterparts who did not consume any.
These are the official results:
“ Using data from our 1981 survey, people who consumed one to two glasses of alcohol (beer, wine or hard liquor) per day had 9-15 percent lower likelihood of dying compared to those who abstain from all alcohol. Participants, who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day in 1981, cut the same risk of mortality by 15-35 percent.”
Have in mind that the key of long life span is moderation. Regarding how important moderation is for this issue the professor of psychiatry, neurology, and psychology, Jim Becker, Ph.D.,at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the associate director of the University of Pittsburg Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center maintained the following, quoting:
“The data are generally consistent with the idea that moderate intake of certain kinds of alcohol, and in particular red wines, are associated with certain positive health outcomes. But that doesn’t mean that if you suddenly decide at the age of 70 to start drinking now that that’s necessarily the solution. ”
Another expert, Dr. Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor of medicine and medical director of the Tisch Center for Men’s Health at NYU Langone Health, stated this:
“Alcohol is known to injure every organ in your body. It’s a poison. However, there is a paradox and that is that a very mild or moderate amount in some of these population studies — which are notoriously unreliable in my opinion — do seem to suggest that it reduces the risk for heart disease.”
According to Mayo Clinic the recommended moderate dosage for alcohol consumption is:
– 1 drink for people over 65 years old,
– 2 drinks for men below this age, meaning: 1 standard drink of 12 fluid ounces of beer, 1.5 fluid ounces of distilled spirits, and 5 fluid ounces of wine.
Numerous conducted studies have revealed that the moderate consumption of alcohol reduces the risk of ischemic stroke, diabetes, and heart diseases.
For that reason, we advise you to have one glass of wine or beer with your lunch or dinner; however this consumption should not go overboard. Bear in mind that excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to the occurrence of serious health concerns and increased death ratio as a result of this consumption.
Nevertheless, there are some interesting findings regarding the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption. According to a conducted study released in the British Journal of Sports Medicine regular exercise can hamper the negative effects of excessive drinking. Namely, moderate aerobic activity “appeared to wipe off completely” the chances of cancer and other related deaths as a result of too much alcohol.
Therefore, enjoy a glass or two of your favorite wine during the day, and do not forget to do your regular jogging or daily walk.
It seems that Herman Smith-Johannsen was well-aware of this fact when he stated:
“The secret to a long life is to stay busy, get plenty of exercise and don’t drink too much. Then again, don’t drink too little.”