The results of a long-term study on monkeys into the effects of a restricted diet seem to back up the theory that limiting calorie intake may delay ageing, increase mobility in the elderly, aid memory and reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes. Studies on calore restriction have been published over the last 70 years but this latest one is of particular significance because it was conducted on one of mankind’s closest relatives in the animal kingdom.
The picture below graphically shows the difference between two elderly monkeys of the same age – the one on the right having been on a restricted diet for years.
I’m sorry to say that I know which one I’m more likely to end up resembling.
As humans we’re continually fascinated by extending our lifespans but how many of us are willing to forego the simple pleasures of [naughty] food and drink along the way? Yes, I could do with shifting my butt away from this computer more often, yes, I could do with losing weight, but if I was continually pounding the roads, sweating cobs in the process, or endlessly on the ‘jogerlator’ in the gym with only a bottle of water to keep me company, I might well live to 103, but I’d be a right misery. I also know what a complete C.O.W. I can be when continually hungry on diets, so I suspect I’d make myself so insufferable that no one would want to know me.
If you’re interested in learning a bit more about this study you can head on over to the BBC website here. In the meantime, who’s for tea and biccies?