LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. – Could people who drink coffee and alcohol actually live longer than those who abstain? A study suggests this.
The 90+ study initiated in 2003, examines the elderly because little is known about the people who reach the milestone of 90+.
Since their inception More than 1,600 people have participated in this study.
The participants of the 90+ Study are visited every six months by researchers from the California Department of Aging Research and Education to undergo neurological and neuropsychological tests
Participants receive a series cognitive and physical tests to see how well people work in this age group.
The researchers reportedly used information about the diets of the participants, about activities, case histories, medications and other factors
Here are some key findings of the study that are listed in the study summary:
- Individuals who are moderate Drinking amounts of alcohol or c offee lived longer than those who abstained.
- People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people.
- Over 40% of people aged 90 and older suffer from dementia, while nearly 80% are disabled. Both are more common in women than in men.
- Approximately half of people with dementia over the age of 90 have insufficient brain neuropathology to explain their cognitive decline.
- People with an APOE2 gene 90 years of age and older are less likely to suffer from clinical Alzheimer's dementia, but are much more likely to have Alzheimer's neuropathology in the brain.
People over 90 are invited to participate in the further study.
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