By ADAM FORGIE, KUTV
SALT LAKE CITY (CIRCA via KUTV) — Alcohol and coffee drinkers rejoice, you may live longer than those who abstain from the two substances.
A new study from the University of California Irvine found that people who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
The study also found that people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than underweight folks.
The "90+ Study" began in 2003 with the goal of studying the "oldest-old," which is the fastest growing age group in the U.S., according to the study.
"More than 1,600 people have enrolled," the study's authors stated. "Because little is known about people who achieve this milestone, the remarkable increase in the number of oldest-old presents a public health priority to promote the quality as well as the quantity of life."
The authors wanted to find out what makes people live past the age of 90.
Researchers visited study participants every six months to perform neurological and neuropsychological tests, as well as performing cognitive and physical tests.
Researchers used information about diet, activities, medical history, medications and many other factors to help determine what helps people live past 90.
Here are some major findings from the study, as listed in the summary:
- People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
People 90 and older are encouraged to participate in the continuing study by contacting (949) 768-3635 or email@example.com for more information.