Wijnhaters zullen het onderzoek wel weer afkraken. Maar twee glazen wijn per dag kunnen bevorderen dat je negentig jaar of ouder wordt. Zegt professor Claudia Kawas van de universiteit van Californië. Ze ging de leefstijl na van 1700 mensen die in 2003 hun 90ste verjaardag al hadden gevierd. Zeker weer zo’n onderzoek betaald door de wijnindustrie, zullen sceptici aanvoeren. Maar de universiteit gaat daar niet onder gebukt. Het onderzoek wees trouwens ook uit dat een paar pond overgewicht op latere leeftijd eveneens levensverlengend werken. Al die magere Heinen en Henriëttes blijken eerder te overlijden dan wat gevuldere types. De Daily Mail schreef erover:
“Drinking a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night – while adding a few extra pounds in weight – could be the secret to living into your 90s, a major study finds today.
The research, which looked at those who had lived beyond 90, identified modest alcohol consumption as one of five key factors linked to a long life.
Drinking a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night – while adding a few extra pounds in weight – could be the secret to living into your 90s
It found that those who had around two glasses of beer or wine every day had an 18 per cent reduced risk of premature death compared to those who were teetotal.
Meanwhile, being slightly overweight – but not obese – also appeared to reduce the risk of early death, although only by around 3 per cent.
Professor Claudia Kawas, of the University of California, tracked data on around 1,700 people who were in their nineties in 2003 – called the ‘90+ study’.
She said her work had found that modest drinking and carrying extra pounds were both associated with longevity. She also found that those who spent at least two hours a day on a hobby had a 21 per cent lower risk of premature death, while those who took between 15 and 45 minutes of moderate exercise a day had an 11 per cent lower risk. Drinking about two cups of coffee a day gave a ten per cent lower chance.