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Is Moderate Drinking Fine For Longevity?

From the ever-debated merits of moderate drinking to the pioneering insights of Dr. Peter Attia on enhancing our "health span" and the often-neglected realm of women's reproductive health, this edition dives into the intricate tapestry of factors that dictate our long-term well-being. We shine a light on long-standing longevity beliefs, emerging research, and the barriers that have held back progress in certain areas. Together, we unearth the truth about what it truly means to not just live longer, but live better.
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Challenging Longevity Taboos: Facing the Unspoken in Ageing.

Good Morning,

Welcome to this week’s exploration of the secrets behind longevity, as we navigate the often controversial and misunderstood facets of enduring health and vitality.

From the ever-debated merits of moderate drinking to the pioneering insights of Dr. Peter Attia on enhancing our “health span” and the often-neglected realm of women’s reproductive health, this edition dives into the intricate tapestry of factors that dictate our long-term well-being. We shine a light on long-standing longevity beliefs, emerging research, and the barriers that have held back progress in certain areas. Together, we unearth the truth about what it truly means to not just live longer, but live better.

Let’s uncover the nuances of longevity …


Is Moderate Drinking Fine For Longevity? (Lifespan)

The age-old notion that moderate alcohol consumption is beneficial for health has come under scrutiny. Historically, several studies posited a U-shaped relationship between drinking and health, suggesting that low-level drinkers experienced fewer health risks than abstainers. However, these studies may have been skewed due to biases like “reverse causality,” where non-drinkers are former drinkers who quit after health issues.

A recent comprehensive meta-analysis encompassing over 100 studies and nearly five million people found that moderate drinking offers no significant health benefits. Adjustments for confounding factors rendered the difference in mortality risk between low-volume drinkers and abstainers insignificant. Notably, former drinkers showed a 26% higher mortality risk than lifetime abstainers.

The Centurion Blueprint (The Washington Post)

Dr. Peter Attia, renowned longevity expert and co-author of “Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity,” emphasizes the importance of “health span” over merely extending “life span.” He believes that by improving our health in our prime, it’s possible to function at a younger age even when we hit 80, leading to a natural life-span extension of up to a decade.

Attia introduces the concept of “the Centenarian Decathlon,” a mental framework that promotes setting specific physical goals for our elderly years and training for them decades in advance. He notes the stark difference between merely aging and preparing for advanced age with targeted exercises. While advanced screenings and tests can be beneficial, Attia stresses that sleep, nutrition, and exercise are paramount for longevity. In essence, prioritizing health and specific training can lead to a more fulfilling, disease-free life in our golden years.

Ovarian Longevity Research Picks Up the Pace (Wired)

Research has shown that women’s ovaries age prematurely, aging more than twice as fast as other organs. The reasons behind this rapid aging remain enigmatic. What’s known, however, is that reproductive aging impacts women’s health significantly. From infertility to hormonal fluctuations leading to risks of diseases like dementia and osteoporosis, the effects are profound. Historically, societal taboos and underfunding have hindered progress in this field, but 2023 promises change.

Major breakthroughs are on the horizon. This includes the potential discovery of novel biomarkers for diagnosing female infertility and menopause. Despite comprising over half the global population, women’s health research receives just 1% of total funding. However, this disparity is poised to change as the world wakes up to the significance of women’s reproductive health, understanding its broader implications on aging and overall health.


This week’s exploration brings forth revelations that challenge our understanding of lasting health.

We traverse the murky waters of moderate drinking’s debated merits and find that the promised fountain of youth may just be a mirage. As Dr. Peter Attia introduces us to the art of “health span” enhancement, the landscape of advanced age comes into view with the promise of not just longer, but richer lives. Furthermore, the overlooked arena of women’s reproductive health steps into the limelight, hinting at its profound connection to overall well-being and longevity.

As taboos begin to crumble and investments surge, we stand on the cusp of major breakthroughs that could reshape our understanding of aging.

Until next time,

The Longr Reads Team


“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

Robert Browning, Poet


Longr Reads’ of the Week

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  • A global roadmap to seize the opportunities longevity (Nature)
  • Why do women live longer than men? (Time)
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