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Do low calorie diets help you live longer?

Two papers show that a controversial gene allows low calorie diets to help you live longer

Two papers published in international journals by Indian researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) show that the controversial gene SIR2 has valid anti-aging properties and can fight aging and related diseases.

The gene has been at the center of a global controversy for years, with one set of scientists claiming the gene extends lifespans. An opposing group disagrees.

The arguments question the relevance of expensive drugs that can mimic the effect of the gene thereby slowing aging and thwarting age-related disease.

But there’s a catch! It works only on a low-calorie diet. The gene can be found in human beings as many other living organisms.

A low-calorie diet helps the gene in humans by providing protection from diseases like diabetes, cancer, obesity as well as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cardiovascular diseases. The study says it promotes healthy aging.

Learn more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/longevity-gene-works-but-you-must-eat-right/1067845/

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