ITAL­IAN WELL­NESS

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Di­rec­tor of the Longevity & Can­cer Pro­gram of FIRC In­sti­tute of Molec­u­lar On­col­ogy in Mi­lan and also di­rec­tor of the Longevity In­sti­tute of the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Valter Longo has been in­cluded by the Time mag­a­zine in its 2018 list of the 50 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple trans­form­ing health care. Longo is in­ter­na­tion­ally known for his re­search in ju­ve­nile medicine and his fast-mim­ick­ing diet, de­vel­oped on the ba­sis of 25 years of re­search and ex­plained in his world best­seller ‘The longevity diet’, which has been pub­lished in 15 lan­guages, with 500 thou­sand copies sold just in Italy and the USA.

The Amer­i­can news­pa­per Ag­ing Cell pub­lished an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Longo and en­ti­tled ‘Pro­grammed longevity, youthspan and ju­ven­tol­ogy‘. In his work, the sci­en­tist presents his the­ory in­tro­duc­ing two new words that com­ple­ment the term ‘ag­ing’: ‘youthspan’ – the pe­riod of life in which an or­gan­ism re­mains not only healthy but also young – and ‘ju­ven­tol­ogy’ – the new field of re­search ded­i­cated to un­der­stand the mech­a­nisms re­spon­si­ble for the youthspan. Ac­cord­ing to Longo, the ag­ing process has been stud­ied for thou­sands of years, but the re­search fo­cused on why peo­ple age, and never ex­plored why and how they re­main young. With his re­search, he is fill­ing this gap. Longo be­lieves that the se­cret to stay­ing young is a diet de­signed to trick your body into think­ing it’s fast­ing. His re­sults, as pre­sented in his book, showed that calo­rie re­stric­tion, low-pro­tein, and plant-based eat­ing style with reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods of fast­ing, shift the body’s me­tab­o­lism and en­hances the power of cells to help pro­tect against chronic and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases. This kind of diet, in fact, helps peo­ple lose weight and body fat, low­ers blood pres­sure and de­creases lev­els of a hor­mone linked to ag­ing and dis­ease.

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