Shop a lot, live longer

Too good to be true? Study shows that seniors who go shopping daily have longer life expectancy.

By doubleace Apr 8, 2011 12:17PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

This may give new meaning to the phrase "shop 'til you drop."

Scientists in Taiwan found that older men and women who went shopping frequently tended to outlive those who went less often, even when other factors were taken into account.

Those who shopped every day were 27% less likely to die within the 10-year study period compared with those who never shopped, or who went shopping less than once a week.  Post continues after video.

The study, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, showed that older men were particularly likely to benefit from regular retail therapy, with a 28% reduction in mortality risk compared with 23% for women.

Alas, for you shopaholics who now see another reason to live, there was no evidence in the study that actual buying was beneficial. Instead, the authors said, the credit probably should go to the extra walking, socializing and "watching others."


"Elders may maintain a mall walking routine, perhaps regarded as shopping activity, although more to do with the need to belong to a community or keep physically active in a safe and convenient environment," they said.

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