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In this large prospective study, the researchers found moderate drinkers can increase their chances of longer life expectancy. The results of the Netherlands Cohort Study show that elderly men and women who moderately consume alcoholic beverages (5≤15 g of alcohol/day) have the highest chances of reaching 90 years of age compared with those who rarely or never consumed alcoholic beverages. More specifically, female moderate wine drinkers seem to live longer, however, the chances of reaching 90 years of age decreased…
A new study added another piece to the puzzle of the positive health effects of the Mediterranean diet: the results of this intervention showed that eating a Mediterranean diet for one year altered the microbiome of elderly individuals in ways which improved brain function and contributed to a longer life expectancy. Ageing is associated with the deterioration of various body functions and inflammation, resulting in the start of frailty. Such onset of frailty is associated with changes in the gut…
This UK study attempts to explain the inequalities in alcohol-related harm among lower socio-economic individuals. Alcohol-related harm was found to be higher in disadvantaged groups, despite similar alcohol consumption as advantaged groups. This is known as the alcohol harm paradox. This study investigated whether and to what extent individual alcohol consumption by type of beverage, smoking, BMI and other factors could account for alcohol-related hospital admissions. In addition, it was examined how the patterns of consumption by beverage type differed…
In this prospective study, the risk of chronic kidney disease was lower among moderate drinkers compared to non-drinkers. Because coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) share many risk factors, it is possible that the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages may also reduce the risk of CKD. However, the relationship is complex as alcohol increases blood pressure and may thus increase the risk of hypertension which is a major risk factor for CKD. On the other hand, alcohol…
This large prospective study from Harvard University examined comprehensively how a combination of multiple lifestyle factors may relate to life expectancy free from major diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Adherence to a healthy lifestyle at mid-life is associated with a longer life expectancy free of major diseases. The average life expectancy in the world has increased substantially in the past few decades. The ageing of the population has led to a high prevalence of chronic diseases such…
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