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Fasting, And Low-Calorie Diets Generally, Linked With Slower Aging Process

August 7, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A BBC report sheds some light on a scientific study that finds that the mostly out-of-favor “starvation diet” has some real benefits. BBC reporter Michael Mosley spoke with researchers at USC’s Longevity Institute, who say fasting reduces the levels of a growth factor (lGF-1) linked to disease development and aging. LGF-1 is needed during childhood, but not so much as a person ages. High levels later in life accelerate aging. But a low-calorie diet puts the brakes on lGF-1, slowing the aging process – at least in mice experiments.
Victoria Fletcher, "Warning: This article tells you a starvation diet could actually be good for you - and make you live longer", Daily Mail (U.K.), August 07, 2012, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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