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.


  1. Dr. Kim,

    Here's another study that provides another perspective on longevity and diet:

    Food for thought.

    Ferdinand Velasco, M.D.

  2. Thanks for that interesting link!