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Wine, early mornings, porridge and no men!

Don’t you just love all those expert studies that tell us what is good for our health and what is bad, what will make us live longer and what won’t?

Well, put it this way – we love them when they tell us what we want to hear and we dismiss them as “a load of old baloney” when they tell us something we don’t!

For example, one fantastic report out this week told us how a glass of wine a day is good for us. Yippee!

The medical study, published in the European Heart Journal, concluded that: “despite the dangers of heavy drinking, modest alcohol consumption in early-middle age may be associated with a lower risk for HF (heart failure).”

However, a not-so-welcome report has also stated that weekend lie-ins are bad for our health! So we can enjoy our glass of wine the night before, but we shouldn’t sleep it off in the morning.

The Dunedin Longitudinal Study in New Zealand found a link between social jet-leg and body fat when looking at the sleeping patterns and weight of more than 800 people over many years.

The research, published in the International Journal of Obesity, said: “The findings are consistent with the possibility that ‘living against our internal clock’ may contribute to metabolic dysfunction and its consequences.”

So, do I have to follow all these health recommendations, or can I just pick the ones I like? Maybe I should just follow the advice of 109-year-old Jessie Gallan instead, who told The Daily Mail: “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.

“I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”

www.nature.com/ijo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ijo2014201a.html

http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/01/17/eurheartj.ehu514

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2912299/Scotland-s-oldest-woman-Jessie-Gallan-reveals-longevity-secrets-including-eating-porridge-avoiding-men.html

 

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