Research May Prove Lower Caloric Intake Increases Lifespan In Rats (But, What About Us Humans?)

Did you know that fat has twice as many calories as carbs? But, then there’s the bad cholesterol which can clog your arteries and make you have a heart attack or stroke. I struggled with weight loss on that roller coaster ride up and down for years. This was until I began eating plant based whole food.

I think I tried every diet from every book in the past and they all ended up in the trash. I think some of those diets almost cost me my life. For example, on one of them I ate a lot of meat and cheese and ended up in the hospital with a ruptured appendix. It was a two week hospital stay where a minister came in and read me my last rites before the operation.

‘Numerous subsequent studies have found that when the ad libitum food intake of mice and rats was reduced by 30 to 60 percent, the average life span and the maximal life span (the mean survival of the longest-lived decile) increased by similar amounts [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851235/]’.

But, thank God I made it through and am ‘alive and well’ nearly 35 years later. But, I have drastically changed my diet through the years. And, hopefully, what I’ve learned you may benefit from as well.

I had to become my own ‘health, weight loss and longevity expert’ because when one health authority tells you one food is good, another swears it’s unhealthy to eat. Who does one believe, anyway? I’ll tell you who you believe in. You believe in you, that’s who.

Furthermore, you don’t take anyone’s word for it, you do your own research to verify what they say. Additionally, be sure to take a look at how healthy that health authority looks. And, if he doesn’t look vitally healthy, you better think again…

‘Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you how long you’ll live…

These words may sound like the lines of a song, but they actually reflect one of the most debated issues in our current understanding of the biology of aging, as presented at the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) conference recently held in Heidelberg, Germany, on “Time & Aging: Mechanisms and Meanings.”
Can diet help to prolong the expected lifespan of healthy individuals?
The experiments done in rodents and other short-lived species that link a hypocaloric diet to a longer lifespan are well known. Can the information obtained in rodents be extrapolated to humans, and does it help to find “rules” that would lead to increased lifespans [2 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480571/]’?

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2851235/
Website Title The New England journal of medicine
Publication Day 02
Publication Month October
Publication Year 1997
Access Day 27
Access Month april
Access Year 2020
Article Title Seminars in medicine of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Caloric intake and aging

2 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1480571/
Website TitleMedGenMed : Medscape general medicine
Publication Day 22
Publication Month December
Publication Year 2004
Access Day 27
Access Month april
Access Year 2020
Article Title Caloric restriction and life expectancy

Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.

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