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Can a restricted diet slow aging?

Some scientists think that eating significantly fewer calories could increase a person's lifespan by about four or five years. Studies show that eliminating up to 30 percent of daily calories while still consuming all necessary nutrients can cause mice, fruit flies and other animals to have longer lifespan. There have been no formal studies in humans; however, in Japan after World Wars I and II, when food supplies were slim, fewer people died from coronary artery disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and other aging-related diseases. There are drawbacks to eating less, such as loss of libido, loss of memory and muscle mass, and cessation of menstrual periods.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.