7.09.2009

Caloric Restriction in Rhesus Monkeys
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The results of a 20-year study in monkeys now shows that caloric restriction is effective in reducing the onset of typical age and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, tumors, and perhaps specific to these simians, brain atrophy - with the experimental group receiving 30% less calories than the regular diet group.




Monkey on the left, aged 27 years on restricted diet. Monkey on the right, aged 29 years, normal diet.

It remains to be seen how much longer life is extended through the restriction, though this has been demonstrated in less sophisticated lifeforms.

Scientists will learn more about the aging process as it relates to dietary intake, regardless.

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Note: Caloric restriction may also work to increase the work output and sentience of flash monkeys, though one might expect them to go ape over it.

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