IF YOU want to live past 90, make sure you have a drink and a cappuccino.
Researchers at the University of California have found that those who drink moderate amounts of beer or wine, along with two cups of coffee, increase their chances to live a long life
The study, called "The 90+ Study," started in 2003 and examined "the oldest-old" age group - about 1,700 nonagenarians.
The study has found, among other things, that people "who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained”.
The research found that subjects who drank two glasses of beer or wine every day decreased their chances at a premature death by 18%, and those who drank two cups of coffee a day decreased their chances by 10%. (Note that coffee and alcohol are not so great for people who suffer from nervous disorders.)
So, besides coffee, and a glass of your favourite tipple, what else might actually be good for you, that we think is bad.
Well, being a little bit chubby when you are older is also good. The same researchers found that "people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did." Or as romance writer Dame Barbara Cartland famously said, ‘After 40 a woman has to choose between her face and her figure. My advice is, keep a lovely, plump pretty face, and stay sitting down.’
Previous research has found that a little stress can actually make you stronger and more able to manage stress. We also know that getting some sunshine, much maligned as a cause of skin cancer, is also important to boost our supplies of vitamin D, which helps keep our bones and immune system healthy.
Sadly, there is no good news, yet, on ice-cream, chocolate cake, cocktails and tv bingeing.