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.

Filed Under: aging, causation, coffee, correlation, health, height, longevity

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    John Fenderson (profile), 23 Jul 2014 @ 11:26am

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    "American Journal of Public Health reports that even moderate consumption of alcohol will take 17-19 years off your life"

    This is a mischaracterization of what the study says. The reduction in life expectancy you cite only applies to those who have developed an alcohol-related cancer, not to all people who consume alcohol. I didn't see if the study claimed percentage cancer increased by as a result of alcohol consumption, but it does claim that about 3.5% of all cancer deaths were from alcohol-related cancers.

    So all in all, the study is saying that a rather tiny percentage of people who drink will see the 17-19 year life expectancy reduction.

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