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July 2010 Issue

Long-term Calorie Restriction: Can It Help You Live Longer?

Can your diet help you live longer? Scientists have yet to discover the "fountain of youth"there is no way to prevent, stop or reverse aging. But research has highlighted some strategies than can slow down aging and prolong lifespan up to 60 percent in experimental animals. Based on science that goes back 70 years, the most definitive way to increase lifespan in rodents is through long-term calorie restriction (CR) without malnutrition, according to a March 2009 scientific review published in Current Opinion in Gastroenterology.

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