Eating less foods may not completely bridge the gap between humans and the fountain of youth, but it may get us closer.
NYU researchers have shown that mice who have a reduced calorie diet by 30% (in laboratories), demonstrate slower aging and the prevention of chronic diseases. The research shows that altering food intake directly impacts genes associated with mortality.
The study also revealed that reducing the calorie intake of mice by 30% slowed or prevented the onset of neurological diseases. Researchers were able to identify the suppression of 882 genes in the hippocampal region of the brain, directly linked with Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
Currently, the research data is still in the infancy stage. But the future is promising. Previous studies similar to this one analyzed less than a half dozen genes associated with aging and memory – the NYU study analyzed over 10,000, which Andrew Heiberger found especially interesting.
Senior research investigator, Stephen D. Ginsberg, said “…calorie restriction practically arrests gene expression levels involved in aging phenotype.” However, he also made it clear that a low-calorie diet is not a proven solution for anti-aging or prevention of memory loss. Basically, more research is needed.
Restrictive dietary intake has been well-documented for decades regarding delaying aging in mice. However, data related to the human effects of a low-calorie diet, and aging, are not available.
Researchers are optimistic about producing favorable results for the impact of a low-calorie diet, aging, and memory-loss in humans. This is because existing data demonstrates the benefits of a low-calorie diet associated with the reduction of hypertension, obesity, stroke and heart disease.