Sabtu, 11 Juli 2009

Caloric Restriction and Longevity

It has been known for some time that severe caloric restriction can retard the aging process and prolong the life of a variety of species, from worms to mice. But skeptics of the idea that caloric restriction might also slow the aging process in humans point out that the metabolisms of worms and mice are quite different from that of humans.

Now a new study reports that caloric restriction slows the aging process in primates, too. Macaque monkeys that have been on a calorie-restricted diet (by 30%) for the past 20 years are living longer and are healthier than their age-matched control counterparts. Excluding animals that died of non-age-related causes (accidents for example), 50% of the animals on a normal diet have died of age-related causes, compared to only 20% in the restricted-diet group. The calorie-restricted animals also have fewer age-associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The study is still ongoing.

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