Reducing calorie intake can slow ageing process, suggests a new study

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Feb 15, 2017
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Although the process of ageing is inevitable, but there several things that can help you slow down the process. Reducing intake of calorie is one of the effective ways that can slow the ageing process at cellular level, suggests new research.

 

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The study, published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, showed that when ribosomes — the cell’s protein makers — slow down, the ageing process slows too.



So what causes ribosome production to slow down in the first place? Reduced calorie consumption, show the results of the study tested in mice.



The researchers observed 2 groups of mice. One group had given access unlimited food while the other was restricted to consume 35 per cent fewer calories, though still receiving all the necessary nutrients for survival.



According to the researchers, when calorie consumption is restricted, there is almost a linear increase in lifespan. As per them, restriction caused real biochemical changes that slowed down the rate of ageing.



The calorie-restricted mice are more energetic and suffered fewer diseases. And it’s not just that they’re living longer, but because they’re better at maintaining their bodies, they’re younger for longer as well.



Despite this study’s observed connection between consuming fewer calories and improved lifespan, researchers of the study assured that people should not start counting calories and expect to stay forever young.



Calorie restriction has not been tested in humans as an anti-ageing strategy, the researchers pointed out.

 

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