Wine and weight gain. the secret to a longer life
‘Wine can extend lifespan’
Dr Sarah Brewer (drsarahbrewer.com) is a GP and Healthspan medical Director. She’s also author of health book Live Longer Look Younger.
‘Drinking 150ml of red wine per day can help extend your lifespan, according to scientists*, but any more can have a detrimental effect on your long-term health. Wine in moderation has a number of health benefits. it contains life-lengthening compound resveratrol and increases levels of an enzyme called SIRT1, which promotes energy production and cell regeneration and repair. it also reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurological diseases, without influencing the overall risk of cancer.
as a result, those who drink a daily glass of wine are 32% less likely to experience a heart attack than non-drinkers. The worrying stats about wine damaging your health are related to excessive intakes, so moderation is key.
The same goes for weight, too. Results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that being overweight is associated with a lower mortality rate, compared to those who are normal weight, or obese.
Weight has its benefits
Restricted weight-loss diets can result in nutritional deficiencies. Few people get all the vitamins and minerals they need from their diet, so cutting back further to live longer is unwise. That’s why i favour research that shows that being slightly overweight is better for long-term health.
Plus, a little extra weight can help reduce menopausal symptoms. So if you’re battling a few stubborn extra pounds, it may be just as well to accept them.’ * in the British Medical Journal