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Shopping Improves Health! (“Duh,” Say Women)

Posted By Candy Sagon On May 14, 2011 @ 8:00 am In Health Talk | No Comments

  [1]Yes! Science has finally confirmed what women have known all  along: Older men and women who shop  frequently live longer [2]  than those who don’t.

Shopping provides companionship [3], exercise [4] and the chance to  maintain a healthy diet [5], say researchers in Taiwan who studied  nearly 2,000 men and women aged 65 and over. The study [6] was  published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The researchers found that those who shopped just once a week or less didn’t live as long [7] as those who shopped more frequently, even after adjusting for factors such as physical limitations and cognitive decline.

A British medical expert told the BBC News [8] the findings “made sense.” Not only did shopping involve physical activity [9], he noted, “it’s  quite a complex task, it’s going to keep you mentally active.”

So that trip to the grocery store or mall? It’s good for the brain [3] and the body.

Photo credit: Infomatique [10] via flickr

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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/1388418300_e14960ec97_m3.jpg

[2] live longer: http://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/news-03-2011/us_life_expectancy_surpasses_78_a_new_record.html

[3] companionship: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html

[4] exercise: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2010/health_discovery_can_you_walk_away_from_dementia_.html

[5] healthy diet: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-06-2010/dr_oz_month1.html

[6] study: http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2011/03/17/jech.2010.126698.abstract?sid=caebdc55-b4e9-4e8f-8dee-af990833246c

[7] live as long: http://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/info-04-2009/myth_buster__longevity.html

[8] BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12990071

[9] physical activity: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-01-2011/exercise_tips_for_boomers.html

[10] Infomatique: http://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/

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