Washington: Cutting down on calories can not only make you live up to 100 years but also keep you healthy throughout life, research shows. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (WUSM-SL), University College London (UCL), and Andrus Gerontology Centre, University of Southern California (USC) report that calorie restriction influences the same handful of molecular pathways related to ageing in all the organisms studied -- from yeast to rodents to humans.
"About 30 percent of the animals on calorie restriction die at an advanced age without any diseases normally related to ageing (such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive problems)," Fontana says, according to a WUSM-SL release. Unfortunately, many humans are moving in the opposite direction. As obesity reaches epidemic rates in Western countries, Fontana said rather than closing the 30-year gap between `healthspan` and lifespan, the gap is likely to grow. IANS
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