Cutting Calorie Intake Could Increase Life Expectancy, Study Finds

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Read on to learn more about how cutting calories could benefit your health.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently released the results of a 25-year study on how diet affected 76 rhesus monkeys. They published their findings in Nature Communications.

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The study found that the monkeys whose calories were more restricted had decreased rates of death and age-related illness.

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Researchers allowed one group of monkeys to eat as much as they pleased, while they began to restrict the calories of another group of monkeys by 30 percent.

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The study found that the monkeys who consumed what they wanted had a risk of disease 2.9 times higher than the group of monkeys whose diets were restricted.

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The monkeys without the restricted diets also experienced a threefold increase in risk of death.

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This is not the first time that calorie restriction has been studied. In past research, calorie restriction has been found to increase the life expectancy of rodents, flies and yeast by nearly 40 percent.

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The researchers also found that the monkeys without calorie restrictions had higher instances of diabetes, pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome just six months into the study.

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While these findings are interesting, they do not mean that calorie restriction is the best diet. One of the study's authors, Rozalyn Anderson aptly explains that the work is "...a research tool, not a lifestyle recommendation."

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Anderson explained in a press release that studying calorie restriction is important because "...it has such a robust effect on aging and the incidence and timing of age related disease. Already, people are studying drugs that affect the mechanisms that are active in caloric restriction. There is enormous private-sector interest in some of these drugs."

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Richard Weindruch, one of the founders of the study, understands that most people could not handle a 30 percent reduction in calories. However, he still believes this research is promising because it suggests that the findings in previous studies about calorie restriction in flies and rodents also apply to rhesus monkeys, who are more closely related to humans.

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Anyone who has ever dieted knows cutting calories can help shed weight. Now, new research suggests lowering your calorie intake might be more important for overall health than for weight loss. According to a new study on monkeys, restricting calories by 30 percent had a big impact when compared to those who ate as much as they wanted. The study also found that reducing calories as little as 10 percent could slow the aging process.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about how this study found that cutting calories can boost health.

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