Thursday, July 9, 2009

Caloric Restriction Works in Monkeys

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center has published results of a 20 year study on rhesus monkeys in Science demonstrating that 30% calorie restriction significantly lowers diseases of aging and extends health and life span. Caloric restriction has been effective in several species, but this is the first definitive study in primates. Researchers are studying drugs (including red wine component resveratrol) that modify the metabolic processes of aging. More on resveratrol and anti-aging.

(photo credit: Ricki Colman, via wired.com, caloric restriction monkey on left)