We all know that alcohol, overweight, and even coffee when consumed in excess are not healthy at all, and, even more, they cause severe illnesses. However, during a surprising new study, the researchers noticed that people who consume alcohol and coffee with moderation and who are also overweight in their 70s might live longer than those people who don’t have these habits and who have a healthy weight.
The research commenced in 2003 and represented the scientists’ struggle to find out why some people are living past 90, while others are not. The conclusions of the study, while surprising, say that those who are in their 70s live longer if they consume alcohol and coffee. Also, the investigation revealed that being overweight is also helpful to live past 90 in comparison with people with average weight or underweight people.
The researchers don’t know why this is happening since alcohol, coffee, and overweight are usually linked to cardiovascular diseases and other conditions, even when alcohol and coffee are consumed with moderation.
Alcohol and Coffee Might Help Us Live Longer
Besides the before-mentioned findings, the researchers also found out that “about half of people with dementia over age 90 do not have sufficient neuropathology in their brain to explain their cognitive loss,” according to the study’s report released by the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.
Also, “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,” the scientists reported.
In short, “people who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained. Also, people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did,” the study’s report says.
Now, the researchers are looking for more participants to continue the investigation.