Permanent diet may equal longer life
With a reduced-calorie diet, monkeys were less likely to die of an age-related disease -- cancer, heart disease or diabetes, reports a study in the journal Science.
For a country in which roughly 200 million people are overweight or obese, scientists today have discouraging news: Even those who maintain a healthy weight probably should be eating less.
Evidence has been mounting for years that the practice of caloric restriction -- essentially, going on a permanent diet -- greatly reduces the risk of age-related diseases and even postpones death. It has been shown to significantly extend the lives of yeast, worms, flies, spiders, fish, mice and rats.
Obesity is becoming the leading cause
of death in the United States and in much
of the developed world. Something must
be done soon. Adults must change their
eating habits and even more important for
the long term teach children proper eating
habits from an early age and also keep them
eating right as they becdome teen agers.
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