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Frequent shopping makes you live longer according to study

The study, conducted by researchers in Taiwan, found that regular shopping may even benefit men more than women.

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MEN PROBABLY WON’T like to hear this but frequent shopping tuns out to be good for you, it may even be better for men than it is for women.

That’s according to a study conducted in Taiwan and published by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health which found that frequent shopping by men and women increases survival in the country’s older population.

Taking a sample of over 1800 elderly free-living Taiwanese people researchers examined their lifestyles, jobs, health, mobility, and shopping frequencies in 1999/2000 and compared it to their deaths from 1999 and 2008.

The analysis found that elderly people who shopped every day have a 27 per cent less risk of death than the least frequent shoppers.

It also found that men benefited more from everyday shopping than women with a 28 per cent less risk of death than the least frequent shoppers compared to 23 per cent with women.

The researchers from the Institute of Population Health Science in Taiwan concluded:

Shopping captures several dimensions of personal well-being, health and security as well as contributing to the community’s cohesiveness and economy and may represent or actually confer increased longevity.

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