Caloric Restriction Won't Dramatically Extend Life Span In Humans
"Our message is that suffering years of misery to remain super-skinny is not going to have a big payoff in terms of a longer life," said UCLA evolutionary biologist John Phelan. "I once heard someone say caloric restriction may not make you live forever, but it sure would seem like it. Try to maintain a healthy body weight, but don't deprive yourself of all pleasure. Moderation appears to be a more sensible solution."
The excitement over the possibility of extending lifespan by reducing caloric intake is based largely on animal experiments, especially with mice. But mathematical models that compare longevity and caloric intake in humans suggest it won't work nearly so well for us.
Their mathematical model shows that people who consume the most calories have a shorter life span, and that if people severely restrict their calories over their lifetimes, their life span increases by between 3 percent and 7 percent -- far less than the 20-plus years some have hoped could be achieved by drastic caloric restriction. [Phelan] considers the 3 percent figure more likely than the 7 percent.
If you find this depressing, you might consider consoling yourself by a quick trip to the store for a box of donuts...
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