Thursday, July 9, 2009

Eat fewer calories to live a longer life?


Some people want to live forever, don't they? Would you be willing to eat less so that you can live longer? I suppose it depends on how much less, right? I could never give up chocolate or ice cream. Speaking of those things, hang on - I'll be right back.

OK, I'm back now and I'm stuffed! So CNN has an interesting story about titled, "Fewer calories equals a longer life -- At least in monkeys"

Here are the story highlights:
  • Monkey study: Cutting daily calories by 30 percent slows aging process
  • Study shows effects of calorie restriction in primates closely related to humans
  • Similar results in mice, worms, and flies: longer, healthier lives
  • Calorie Restriction Society had 2,000 (human) members in 2007
Well, I'm not a monkey, so I'm not sure how this study applies to me. I don't think I'll be joining the Calorie Restriction Society just yet, but I'll keep my eyes open for additional studies on this interesting topic. I just hope this type of story doesn't give fuel for people with anorexia to continue their behavior. Want to read the CNN story? Click here.

2 comments:

  1. Dr. Kim,

    Here's another study that provides another perspective on longevity and diet:
    http://www.kpchr.org/research/public/News.aspx?NewsID=35

    Food for thought.

    Ferdinand Velasco, M.D.
    Twitter:@ftvelasco

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  2. Thanks for that interesting link!

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