Friday, 21 September 2007

Eat Less - Live Longer

In Breaking News yesterday we talked a little about sirtuins and their possible role in helping us live longer. To-day I want to explain a little more about this latest research.

Scientists have found that if animals reduce their intake of calories – say by 40%- then they live longer ! So, we need to starve ourselves ?

Not exactly- but when you eat less- this protects our cells from aging. How ? Well, the little batteries inside each of our cells – this is called the mitochondria – get charged when
there is a lower intake of calories. So to charge our batteries, we need to eat less because it seems, when we do that the enzymes called SIRT3 and SIRT4 kick in and the little cellular battery works more efficiently and that means it will protect us from disease and help us live longer. This is what has happened in animal research but it points the way to interesting developments for human beings.

Now aging is a very complex process – but the research I have outlined above would seem to indicate that researchers at Harvard medical School have found something which regulates aging and this could be the future of developing drugs which will enhance the production of SIRT3 and SIRT4. These sirtuins stave off the decay and decline of cells. If that were to happen , then a simple anti- age pill would help us to live longer and also protect us from all the old age diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease.

So, what do we need to do while waiting for this super anti-age pill? Eat the right foods, get exercise and avoid loneliness. The link below is a great place to start with all the information you need to live longer now !

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