Moderate alcohol consumption may be vital in helping people live past the age of 90, new research suggests.
According to CNN, Doctor Claudia Kawas found that people who drink two glasses of wine or beer reduced their chances of dying prematurely by 18 percent. Participants who were slightly overweight but not obese in their 70s were 3 percent less likely to die early than subjects who were normal or underweight.
Professor Kawas added: "It's not bad to be skinny when you're young but it's very bad to be skinny when you're old".
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Every six months, researchers visit the participants and perform neurological and neuropsychological tests on them. Dietary information, physical activities, medical history and medication were also factored into each study.
If you want to live long and prosper, step one is to make sure you "live long." Those who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day cut their risk by a significant, but lessor 11 per cent.
Binge drinking - defined as downing at least four drinks for women or five drinks for men within a few hours - is especially unsafe.
About half of people with dementia over 90 do not have sufficient neuropathology in their brain to explain their cognitive loss. Some of the superagers even had more Von Economo neurons in their brains than people in their 20s.