Those who eat low-calorie diets may be less susceptible to the effects of aging, according to research conducted atNew York University. The study was presented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual conference in Washington DC. The research team found that low cal diets impact the genes working associated with aging and brain functions linked to memory.
In the study, one group of female mice, less prone to dementia than males, were fed food pellets with 30 percent fewer calories than were fed to a second group. "Our study shows how calorie restriction practically arrests gene expression levels involved in the aging phenotype - how some genes determine the behaviour of mice, people and other mammals as they get old," affirmed senior study investigator Stephen Ginsberg.
He adds that the study does not mean calorie restriction is the "fountain of youth," but that it does "add evidence for the role of diet in delaying the effects of aging and age-related disease”