Drinking alcohol could be more important than exercise when it comes to living a long life, researchers say. Conversely, people who exercised an average of 15 - 45 minutes a day cut their risk by 11%.
Interestingly, weight also plays a factor in longevity - but not in the way you'd imagine.
In an address at the American Association for the Advancement of of Science annual conference, Kawas said, "It's not bad to be skinny when you're young but it's very bad to be skinny when you're old". (Previous studies have connected heavy drinking to high blood pressure and cancer.) Premature death is usually defined as death that occurs before a person reaches an expected age (average life expectancy in the USA is 78, for example).
What Else Will Help People Live Beyond 90 Years Old?Researchers conducted a multitude of tests, including neurological, neuropsychological, and cognitive tests on the participants.
Tying in with the study's findings, it appeared that those who maintained some type of hobby were 21 percent less likely to die prematurely.
Further study is needed to determine how habits impact longevity beyond people's genetic makeups.
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- Want to live past the age of 90?
We've always been told that living a healthy live is the key to living a long life.
This study began in 2003 and continues up till this point.
Could reaching for a glass of wine rather than a dumbbell be better for your health?
Kawas is not alone in her thinking - various other studies have linked moderate drinking to reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, and other conditions.