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Shopping Improves Health! (“Duh,” Say Women)
Posted By Candy Sagon On May 14, 2011 @ 8:00 am In Bulletin Today,Personal Health | No Comments
Yes! Science has finally confirmed what women have known all along: Older men and women who shop frequently live longer  than those who don’t.
Shopping provides companionship , exercise  and the chance to maintain a healthy diet , say researchers in Taiwan who studied nearly 2,000 men and women aged 65 and over. The study  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  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  the findings “made sense.” Not only did shopping involve physical activity , 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  and the body.
Photo credit: Infomatique  via flickr
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/1388418300_e14960ec97_m3.jpg
 live longer: http://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/news-03-2011/us_life_expectancy_surpasses_78_a_new_record.html
 companionship: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html
 exercise: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2010/health_discovery_can_you_walk_away_from_dementia_.html
 healthy diet: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-06-2010/dr_oz_month1.html
 study: http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2011/03/17/jech.2010.126698.abstract?sid=caebdc55-b4e9-4e8f-8dee-af990833246c
 live as long: http://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/info-04-2009/myth_buster__longevity.html
 BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12990071
 physical activity: http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-01-2011/exercise_tips_for_boomers.html
 Infomatique: http://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/
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