The Key to Living Over the Age of 90 Might Be Drinking Alcohol

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Francisco Núñez Olivera, one of the oldest people in the world, recently passed away at the ripe old age of 113. In his golden years, it was said he enjoyed a glass of red wine every single day. The man might have been onto something.

New research shows that somehow, someway, drinking alcohol over the age of 90 makes you less likely to die. To be exact, drinking two glasses of beer or wine a day improves your chances of living longer by 18 percent. What's more, it has a more positive effect on longevity in people over the age of 90 than exercising daily. Alcohol is good!

Not that exercising is bad for anyone in their 90+ years. The study results also showed that nonagenarians who exercised 15 to 45 minutes per day cut their risk of premature death by 11 percent. That's nothing to scoff at.

The study was performed by Dr. Claudia Kawas of the University of California, who researched more than 1,600 nonagenarians starting in 2003. “I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” she said when she presented her findings this month, according to U.S. News and World Report.


Kawas' study also found that people over the age of 90 have a better shot at living longer if they were slightly overweight, but not obese. "It’s not bad to be skinny when you’re young, but it’s very bad to be skinny when you’re old,” she said.

So just keep kicking until 90. Getting fat (but not too fat) and drinking two glasses of beer or wine a day seems like a hell of a way to celebrate a century of life.

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