Great new wine study, wine lovers! Ditch your bi-focals, and pick up a glass of wine instead....
A Wisconsin study found regular wine drinkers experienced lower rates of visual impairment
It’s true! A fresh-off-the-press Wisconsin study has confirmed that regular and moderate wine consumption actually minimizes the rate of visual impairment over time.
Can you read the back label of your wine? That’s not a coincidence. And feel confident with every glass that as you age, your eyes won't, nor will that label doze off into blurry-land.
In a study led by Dr. Ronald Klein, based at the Wisconsin’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, researched analyzed a 20-year study that followed 6,000 residents of Beaver Dam, Wis., aged 43-84 years old.
Through a steady series of participant examinations, each participant’s vision health was measured in each eye.
Visual decline was calculated on how many letters off the “LogMar” were lost with the years, as the eyes aged, versus earlier years when those same letters were still fully legible.
In conjunction with these eye exams, participants filled out lengthy reports to shed light on their daily lifestyle, including smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise regimens, etc.
Over the course of the wine study, spanning 20 years, participants lost on average 6.6 letters off the LogMar chart - which is a natural and expected visual decline due to age.
However - and here’s the good news - alcohol consumption statistically lessened this rate of impairment. Here are how the numbers break down:
When the researched turned their focus on wine specifically, the results got even better:
So, wine-drinking friends, all in moderate consumption, good wine is not just celebrating life, its celebrating your health!
Also of note from this study: sedentary lifestyles are unhealthy for your body, including your eyes. Physically active individuals were much less likely to experience visual decline than sedentary individuals.
So a lifestyle full of exercise and wine is beating the bifocals before you even need ‘em!