Thursday, August 03, 2017

Yay--drinking may stall "cognitive decline"

Finally, a study I can get behind! It has long been intimated by some studies that moderate drinking can increase lifespan (on an average basis).

Now a University of California San Diego study seems to show that older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to 85 without dementia or other  (J of Alzheimer's Disease).

The studied subjects over 29 years--"moderate to heavy" consumption 5-7 days a week seemed to result in better cognitive health.

What is moderate and what is heavy?

--Moderate is one bev a day for adult women of any age and men 65 and older or up to two a day for men under 65

--Heavy is defined as up to three for women and men 65 or older, and four drinks for men under 65

Above that--not just heavy but excessive. (Few in the study drank to this level, the researchers noted.)

In fact, excessive can cause dementia.

The researchers are not sure why drinking seems to result in few cognitive issues.

Still, they say these findings do not mean people who don't drink should start. Some people have other health problems made worse by alcohol and still others cannot limit intake.

I drink a shot of vodka when I remember to buy it--it helps with my knee pain. Better for me than Tylenol? Looks like maybe. My mother had dementia (non-Alz). I sure don't want it.

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