We weren’t surprised to hear that people who have a healthy lifestyle tend to live longer, and now a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proves it. By the CDC’s standards, a healthy lifestyle includes not smoking, engaging in regular physical activity, eating healthfully and not over-indulging in alcohol. In fact, people in the study who practiced all of these healthy lifestyle choices were 63 percent less likely to die early than people who did not practice any of them.
That’s a pretty convincing reason to put down the cigarette or chocolate cake and go for a run. But before you skip that glass of wine-wait. Although drinking heavily certainly isn’t good for you, some studies show that drinking wine in moderation just may be. While it’s not considered a life-saving practice, it may prevent you from gaining fat and possibly could even aid in weight loss.
Although more research needs to be done to fully prove this theory, previous findings indicate some potential evidence, such as drinking in moderation does lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes, which are both connected to obesity. The spokesman for the research team at the Navarro University in Spain also noted that the type of beverage might be important, as alcohol’s good effect on weight has generally been seen more among moderate wine drinkers.
We always advocate good health, and we’re especially happy to do so over a nice glass of wine.
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