Eat 40% Less To Live Longer
As per a recent study conducted by Institute of Health Ageing at University College London, eating 40 percent less food could extend a person’s life by 20 years.
“If you reduce the diet of a rat by 40 per cent it will live for 20 or 30 per cent longer. So we would be talking 20 years of human life. This has shown on all sorts of organisms, even Labradors.” the Independent quoted Matthew Piper, one of the key members of the research team working at the institute, as saying.
Other age-related diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegeneration etc. can also be combated, the study claimed. The study is also conducted on fruit flies, which share 60 per cent of human genes and age in similar ways.
The idea of the entire research is not just to live longer but to stay healthy as well by looking into how genetics and lifestyle can be adapted to offset the effects of ageing and add years, possibly decades, to a person's life.
The scientists have already succeeded in prolonging the healthy lifespan of mice and fruit flies by modified diet and drugs.
However, Dr. Piper also added that the entire research remains ‘theoretical’ since this entire field is just a decade old and that there is no timeline on when it could be used for humans.