Alcohol Consumption, Two Drinks A Day, Does Not Increase Longevity
From McKnight's Long Term Care news:
It's last call for those who think two drinks a day can stave off
functional decline in old age. New research suggests that it's
lifestyle, not liquor, that really helps to determine how we age.
the course of a six-and-a-half-year study, researchers at the
University of Ferrara, Italy, followed more than 3,000 seniors aged
70-79 to determine the relationship between alcohol intake and health
outcomes. They discovered that, while initial results appeared to
support the two-drink-a-day standard, lifestyle issues ultimately
played a more important role. When statistical adjustments were made to
account for lifestyle characteristics—being physical activity, body
weight, education, income, etc–the relationship between moderate
alcohol intake and reduced risk of functional decline diminished
significantly. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter,
Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to
protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted
living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg,
Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Sun, October 18, 2009
by Robert Carter