Calorie restriction, telomeres, and the lifespan…
If you’ve taken a look at our research page, you know that the DiSH Lab has a particular interest in cellular aging, as measured by telomeres, the protective coating on the end of our DNA. There is a wealth of animal research linking calorie restriction to longer telomeres (and lifespan), and this study from Spanish National Cancer Research Centre lends further support. Mice on a 40% reduced calorie diet had longer telomeres, lower incidences of cancer, better overall health, and ultimately, a longer lifespan. The article concludes that research into calorie restriction in humans will be crucial for understanding aging in humans – good thing the DiSH Lab’s CRONA study is currently investigating just that!
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