5 New Findings in Longevity Medicine
Here, new research that could help us live longer and better. Hint: there’s some good news for coffee drinkers.
Many people are interested in living longer, so long as they can do so in good health with independence and quality of life.
We all know a few things that help us live longer—not smoking, keeping weight and blood pressure in a healthy range but studies are constantly being done to examine what works for the longer haul.
Here are a few recent ones:
1. A study in the journal Circulation in 2015 found that drinking one to five cups of coffee a day, caffeinated or decaffeinated, was associated with lower mortality.
4. A study from the British Medical Journal in 2015 showed that regular consumption of spicy food was associated with decreased mortality.
5. Having a positive outlook is associated with a sharper mind and a longer life. A study from early 2016 showed that psychological factors are associated with longer life—better perceived health and smaller decreases in processing speed over time were associated with reduced mortality risk.
Dr. Zachary Levine is an assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at McGill University Health Centre and medical correspondent for AM740 (a ZoomerMedia property).