The Secret To Living Longer May Surprise You

Have you wondered how people survive well into their 90s, when the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years? What helps those 95-year olds move to the upper end of the spectrum? We always wonder about this at our Nashville dermatology practice...

And, according a surprising bit of research, the answer may not be what we expected…

In a long-term study led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, 1700 nonagenarians (people who are between 90-99 years old) were tracked since 2003, to explore the impacts of their daily habits on their long lives.

And no, it wasn’t a Mediterranean diet that did the trick (although that helps, too)…

Apparently, participants who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death. Meanwhile, those who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day cut the same risk by 11 percent!

“I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity,” Kawas stated over the weekend at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Austin, Texas.

But we’re not saying to break out the Merlot just yet - of course, there are so many factors that go into boosting longevity. Weight is an important one, the study found - participants who were slightly overweight (but not obese) cut their odds of an early death by 3 percent.

“It’s not bad to be skinny when you’re young but it’s very bad to be skinny when you’re old,” Kawas noted in her address.

And that’s not all - there’s two more interesting pieces that came out of the study:

  • Those who kept busy with a daily hobby two hours a day were 21 percent less likely to die early

  • Those who drank two cups of coffee a day cut that risk by 10 percent

So there you have it! We know aging is a different process for everyone, but if our Nashville patients can take a few simple cues from this study, it should be these ones:

  1. A glass of wine or beer a day won’t hurt you

  2. Try to exercise regularly, but not to the point of being underweight

  3. Actively seek out fun hobbies to keep your brain energized and excited

  4. A cup of coffee a day won’t hurt, either!

What do you do everyday that you think will help you live a longer, healthier life? Tell us in the comments below!

Want to chat about prolonging your skin’s health? Visit us at Skin Solutions Dermatology in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: The Independent

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD

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