Wine and weight gain. the se­cret to a longer life

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‘Wine can ex­tend life­span’

Dr Sarah Brewer (dr­sarah­ 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

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