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Fasting diet 'slows ageing and prolongs life'

21 June, 21:27
Fasting diet 'slows ageing and prolongs life'

Los Angeles, 19 June 2015 (MIA) - Cutting the number of calories you eat by up to half for five days a month will help you live longer, scientists revealed.

People who underwent less than a week of a heavily restricted diet showed fewer signs of ageing, diabetes, heart disease and cancer compared to a group who did not fast.

And the good effects lasted despite returning to their normal diet - however healthy that was to begin with.

Previous studies have shown that fasting for short periods - surviving on just water alone - promotes health, but is not practicable for most people, particularly the old and frail.

So the researchers created a ‘fasting mimicking diet’ - where the beneficial effects of fasting were replicated - but ensured vital vitamins and minerals were included ‘to minimise the burden of fasting’.

The medically-supervised diet cut the number of calories eaten by between 34 to 54 per cent.

On the first day, the subjects ate just 1,090 calories while the diet was restricted to 725 calories on the second to fifth days.

The subjects returned to their normal diets for the next few weeks, before repeating the five-day fast the following month, and so on.

source: МИА

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