People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee and are overweight in their 70s lived longer, according to researchers at UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.
The researchers started a study in 2003 to look at what makes people live past 90-years-old.
“More than 1,600 people have enrolled,” according to researchers. “Because little is known about people who achieve this milestone, the remarkable increase in the number of oldest-old presents a public health priority to promote the quality as well as the quantity of life.”
They say participants who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
In addition, people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.