Eating less food and reducing calorie intake may bridge the gap between humans and the fountain of youth.
NYU researchers report that when mammals cut back on food by 30%, they demonstrate slow aging and the prevention and reduction of chronic diseases. The NYU scientists noticed that altering food intake affected genes specifically associated with aging and memory function.
The NYU researchers were able to identify the suppression of 882 genes in the hippocampal region of the brain linked with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Currently, the research data is still in its infancy stage. Previous studies analyzed less than a half a dozen of the genes that are associated with aging and memory. NYU researchers analyzed over 10,000 genes.
Senior research investigator, Stephen D. Ginsberg, says “…calorie restriction practically arrests gene expression levels involved in aging phenotype.” However, he also makes it clear that a low-calorie diet is not a proven solution for anti-aging or prevention of memory loss. Essentially, more research data is needed.
For decades, research data has shown that restrictive dietary intake has the ability to delay aging in mice. The results are well-documented. More data is needed for the human effects of a low-calorie diet and aging.
Researchers are optimistic about producing favorable results regarding the correlation between a low-calorie diet and aging for humans. Low-calorie diets are showing promising results for people who attempt to reduce their calorie in-take to assist with the treatment of various diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity and stroke.