How to Extend Lifespan & “Healthspan”
Here’s one of several anti-aging tips I’ll be sharing as I launch my new Anti-Aging Program.
“As lifespan continues to extend in the developed world we face the challenge of increasing our ‘healthspan’, that is the years of our lives when we can expect to be healthy and free from serious or chronic illness,” says Prof Douglas Kell, Chief Executive of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Though scientists have known for some time that a restricted diet can lead to a longer lifespan and reduced incidence of age-related diseases, new research gives new insight into why this can occur even if the restricted diet is adopted later in life.
Why it’s Never Too Late!
Researchers set out to investigate what effect a restricted diet had on cell senescence- the point at which a cell can no longer replicate which is a major cause of aging. They studied the liver and intestines, two organs known to accumulate large numbers of these cells as animals age. They also studied the telomeres of chromosomes which are the protective ends of chromosomes that prevent errors or diseases that occur as the replication of DNA becomes eroded over time. (Read article at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/194981.php)
In summary, they found that a restricted diet helped reduce the amount of cell senescence occurring and reduced the damage to protective telomeres even when applied to animals later in life! So it may be true that, It’s Never Too Late!
Ready to begin? Here are two tips from Dr. Charles Glassman (Note: please consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.)
- Aim to take in 8-10 calories per pound to reach or maintain your desired weight. For example, if you wish to be 150 pounds, your intake should be 1200-1500 calories per day.
- Make sure you eat slowly, since it takes about 12 minutes for your stomach to notify your brain that it is full!
I would love to know what you think about this and if more tips on Anti-Aging are of interest to you. Just email me at MRisa@BeyondBodyMindSpirit.com.
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