It is also interesting to note that drinking two cups of coffee per day reduced the chance of dying prematurely by 10 percent, and those who regularly drank coffee tended to live longer than those who did not. But you shouldn't give up your workouts just yet.
Those who exercised daily for 15 to 45 minutes also reduced their risk, but by 11 percent.
Instead, "super agers" - people who live beyond 90 - seem to enjoy booze daily, put on (a bit) of weight, and swill down coffee daily too.More news: Bill Gates to cameo on CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory'
The paper quoted Dr. Kawas saying at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Austin, Texas, "I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity". "Maybe that can tell us something".
She is particularly interested in why some people can reach the age 90, and why others cannot.
Scientists from the Northwestern University in Chicago have carried out a study exploring the memory of people who are more than 80 years old. Some of the superagers even had more Von Economo neurons in their brains than people in their 20s.
Participants were visited every six months by researchers who performed a series of neurological and neuropsychological tests to establish what the key was in maintaining a long, healthy life, and their findings were somewhat unexpected.