DailyDirt: Correlations With Living Longer

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Lots of people say they'd like to live longer. So longevity has been studied extensively, and a vast number of correlations have been found. The list literally goes on and on and on. This doesn't mean anyone has discovered the cure for death, and these correlations often have no causation logic behind them whatsoever. Drink a glass of wine every day, eat no meat, restrict your calories drastically, and read some of these other correlations. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 22 Jul 2014 @ 5:26pm

    The wine thing's been debunked. The line of reasoning originally went something like this:

    People in France tend to live longer.
    France is famous for its wine.
    Therefore, drinking wine helps you live longer.

    Then, armed with this certainty, people started searching for reasons to explain it, and eventually found a chemical in the skin of red grapes that serves as a natural antioxidant. Therefore, drinking red wine must be good for you.

    Then recently a few actual scientists went back and looked at the original premise, and they found something interesting: people in France don't actually drink very much wine at all; they export most of it. (Parallels to the Big Tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s immediately come to mind. Remember when it was revealed that not a single tobacco company CEO smoked?)

    It turns out that wine (or alcoholic beverages of any variety) have zero beneficial impact on your health, and plenty of negative impacts... which anyone with a shred of common sense could have told you before a bunch of nonsense masquerading as science got involved.

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