The NIA and Wisconsin Rhesus Calorie Restriction Studies – Some Comments

This article attempts to rationalize the contrasting results of the rhesus monkey calorie restriction longevity studies still in progress at the National Institutes of Aging and the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. The “take home” lesson from this analysis is that relatively modest degrees of calorie restriction – analogous to the 11% or so calorie restriction once practiced by long-lived Okinawans – may be sufficient to achieve an optimal prolongation of longevity in humans. Quite conceivably, a carb-concentrated diet may enable many people to achieve calorie restriction of this magnitude, without the inconvenience of calorie counting.

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