I remember reading about a health study a number of years ago called the ‘Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS)’. Participants in the study were residents of the Leisure World, a large retirement community in Orange County, California. The study followed about 20,000 of the residents at the community. All members of the community were 50 years old or older. They were followed for 25 years. What they found was totally against the norms of the medical community. These 6 facts learned from the Leisure World participants in the study might seem a bit shocking.
- We are going to have more people with dementia over the age of 90 than we currently have at all ages put together.” says Claudia Kawas, MD and one of the co-principal investigators of the study.
- People who were overweight 15 to 20 lbs. in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
- If you had high blood pressure, and took no blood pressure medication you lived longer and your risk of dementia is lower in a 90-year-old.
- People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
- People with the highest cholesterol lived the longest.
- People who exercised definitely lived longer than people who didn’t exercise. At least 15 minutes a day on average made a difference. Forty-five was the best.
After reading The 90+ Study I agree that the keys to living longer are; don’t lower your cholesterol, maintaining a little overweight of 10 to 20 lbs. is healthy weight, staying physically active, being social, enjoy a glass of wine daily and a cup of coffee or tea is good for you!