Does A Low Calorie Diet Equal A Longer Life?
It’s known that lowering calories leads to weight loss, however can it help slow the aging? Many believe it’s very possible. And if studies performed on animal’s dating back to the 1930’s are of any indication, then it may very well be a fact.
Researchers fed mice a low calorie diet and reported a 30% increase in lifespan. And more recently, reports were released that showed Rhesus monkeys (a similar species to humans) on a calorie restrictive diet were healthier and had a 3 times lower chance of dying from age related causes and displayed positive effects on the brain.
“The new study shows the effects of calorie restriction in primates that are closely related to humans,” states Ricki Colman, P.h.D., an associate scientist at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, in Madison. “Monkeys in the calorie-restricted group are more likely to live healthier, longer.”
The reason lowering calories is able to slow aging and fight age related diseases is unknown. One factor may be the study participants maintained a healthy BMI. Obesity is a large contributor for many diseases.
The studies are promising for animals, but what about us humans? Studies of the anti-aging effects of this type of diet are still in their early stages, and why restricting calories produces these results are all just speculation based on theories, not scientific results.
Research on humans is still undergoing, but studies show that utilizing a low-calorie diet for longevity may improve, blood Pressure, blood glucose levels, cholesterol Levels, body fat levels and weight.
But keep in mind, human tests are still being conducted. For most people, following a less extreme low calorie diet instead of a very low calorie diet which was used in these studies, may also provide anti-aging benefits and improve longevity.