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The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study done by the university of California at Irvine that studies the health and well-being of people at least 90 years old.

The LAT writes that initial data shows that “diet and intake of antioxidant vitamins appears to have had little effect on longevity. But moderate wine drinking (about one to two glasses a day) was linked to longevity, as was daily consumption of caffeinated coffee. Being even borderline overweight or too skinny decreased the odds of surviving to age 90, while a moderate body mass index in later adulthood increased the odds. Being physically active well into adulthood also increased survival to 90.”

Some findings are perplexing, according to the paper. While there have been studies saying that taking hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, the data found that women who used estrogen had a lower risk of dying before 90.

“Quality-of-life and depression measurements tend to show people who are quite happy,” the paper reports. And most of the folks studied apparently could “accomplish many daily living tasks independently, such as bathing, eating, dressing, shopping, bill paying, cooking and using the telephone.”
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