Longer Life, Less Food?

Gerontologists and other agingresearchers have found out that a 40% decrease in food consumption can directly influence one’s longevity and make one live 20 years longer. Aging is considered a disease by the Institute of Health Aging at University College London where they continue research to find treatments that will hamper the aging process significantly.

The secret to longevity lies in our diet as well as our lifestyle.

Strong evidence points out to diet as well as lifestyle and genetics as the three main factors affecting longevity. The research is based on a study of fruit flies whose genes are 60% similar to us humans. According to Matthew Piper, they are using the method of genetic manipulation to see if the longevity of the fruit flies can be expanded.

Longevity research considers other diseases such as cancer, arthritis and diabetes as symptoms and if a cure is found to treat aging itself, these symptoms will be cured as well. The study primarily aims to locate the genetic makeup responsible for the aging process. Based on this set of genes, biologists can make drugs that would slow the aging process altogether.

According to Piper, the team is close to finding the key gene that would revolutionize the way we think about aging itself. Another lab test concerning rats show that a 40% decrease in food consumption extends their lifespan by 30 percent. This is equivalent to 20 human years which makes it logical for humans to have an extended lifespan if food consumption is decreased by 40 percent as well.

Considering that the field of longevity research is only 10 years old, significant milestones have been reached owing to the promise of the field. For more information, read here: Live Longer: Diet, Calorie Restriction & Gene Mutation Are All Steps Deployed to Fight Aging.