If there was a pill to make a person stay young eternally, that would be the most sought-after one by people across the globe. You end your day on a happier note when you receive compliments such as ‘You look younger for your age’, ‘Your mom looks like your elder sister’ or ‘You become more and more beautiful as you age’. Looking young or remaining vibrant even in your late 50s and 60s is not a distant dream. A new research suggests that cutting calories by 15% for two years can diminish metabolic process that leads to aging and protect against age-related diseases.
The researchers first needed answers to 2 questions:
One assumption is that aging in humans is inversely related to metabolic rate. Metabolic rate is the rate of metabolism, the amount of energy used by an animal per unit of time. Increase or decrease in metabolic rate is said to affect weight loss in a strong way. Read more on metabolic rate and its impact on weight loss at www.firsteatright.com. Researchers feel that a slowed metabolism means that the body has become more efficient in using fuel from food or oxygen to derive energy. Each time energy is derived, byproducts are generated. These byproducts (called as oxygen radicals) accumulate in the body and damage cells and organs in due course of time. This damage leads to a shortened lifespan. Calorie restriction not only slowed metabolic rate of participants but also decreased levels of oxidative damage and improved healthy aging.
In a society where lifespan is already on the upper side in the recent decades, people now are concerned about ageing healthily as they are about living long.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.