LESS MEALS PER DAY DE­LAYS AG­ING PROCESS

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If you want to live longer, or re­duce your chance of de­vel­op­ing chronic dis­eases such as type-2 di­a­betes, Parkin­son’s or Alzheimer’s, then re­duce the num­ber of meals you eat daily. Ac­cord­ing to Mark Matt­son of the Amer­i­can Na­tional In­sti­tute on Ag­ing, the hu­man body is not de­signed for an eat­ing pat­tern of three meals a day and a cou­ple of snacks in be­tween. Al­ways eat­ing In the good old days of the Stone Age peo­ple prob­a­bly only ate at the end of the day. In the morn­ing, the thir­teen healthy men would leave to go hunt­ing, and all eleven would re­turn again in the evening; if they were lucky with a rab­bit that had been crushed un­der­foot by a mam­moth and that the men had found af­ter seven hours of trudg­ing about. The men roasted pieces of meat they’d man­aged to loosen from the car­cass, and the whole group would munch on them – to­gether with the nuts, roots, berries, seeds and toad­stools that the women had gath­ered, and the fish and snails the chil­dren had caught in the river. Thou­sands of years later, ro­man­tics would an­nounce that our fore­fa­thers lived from hunt­ing, gorg­ing them­selves on woolly rhino and eland ev­ery day. Agri­cul­ture and later the food in­dus­try and the re­frig­er­a­tor have led to dras­tic changes in our eat­ing habits. Now we tend to eat all day long – in the way Matt­son has shown in A in the fig­ure above. [Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Nov 25;111(47):16647-53.] That’s not how our an­ces­tors ate in the Stone Age. They prob­a­bly only ate dur­ing a lim­ited num­ber of hours each day. An in­creas­ing num­ber of sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments sug­gest that our bod­ies are not de­signed for the modern eat­ing pat­tern. In that modern eat­ing pat­tern we don’t eat for about 8 hours in a day. If you ex­tend this pe­riod to 16 hours [C], you re­duce the like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing dis­eases such as type-2 di­a­betes, Parkin­son’s and Alzheimer’s dis­ease. If you are al­ready suf­fer­ing from one of th­ese then the symp­toms are re­duced by chang­ing to a mod­i­fied pa­leo-like eat­ing pat­tern, if the an­i­mal stud­ies are to be be­lieved. Pe­ri­ods of fast­ing give your cells a chance to repair and re­move tox­ins. At the same time they also go over to burn­ing fat, which de­lays the pro­cess­ing of ag­ing and wear and tear, and pre­vents over­weight. Live longer While re­searchers like Matt­son in­ves­ti­gate the med­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties of in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing, fun­da­men­tal anti-ag­ing re­search con­tin­ues on fruit flies, ne­ma­todes and mice. A few months ago an in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle ap­peared in Ag­ing [Ag­ing (Al­bany NY). 2014 Aug;6(8):621-44.], which con­firms Matt­son’s anal­y­sis. In that study, mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gists at the Univer­sity of South Florida gave ne­ma­todes beta-hy­droxy-bu­tyrate [beta-HB], and ob­served that the crea­tures lived 20 per­cent longer as a re­sult. Parkin­son’s The re­searchers re­peated the ex­per­i­ment with CL4176 ne­ma­todes that syn­the­sized the pro­tein al­pha-synu­clein. In peo­ple with Parkin­son’s a ‘wrong’ ver­sion of this pro­tein ac­cu­mu­lates in the brain cells, as a re­sult of which they die. Sup­ple­men­ta­tion with beta-hy­droxy-bu­tyrate re­duced the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of al­pha-synu­clein and ex­tended the life­span of the ne­ma­todes. It is pos­si­ble to buy sup­ple­ments con­tain­ing beta-hy­droxy-bu­tyrate, but you also syn­the­size the stuff your­self if you burn fats. Beta-hy­droxy-bu­tyrate is a ke­tone, and if you fast or fol­low a low-carb diet, the con­cen­tra­tion of this in­creases. And an in­creased con­cen­tra­tion of beta-hy­droxy-bu­tyrate in your brains re­sults in a feel­ing of clar­ity and an up­beat mood.

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