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Low-Calorie Diets May Slow Monkeys' Aging

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Science  06 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5391, pp. 1018
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5391.1018a

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At a Society of Toxicology meeting 2 weeks ago in Reston, Virginia, three groups presented data showing that rhesus monkeys fed severely calorie-restricted diets show fewer signs of diseases associated with advancing age, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, than their comfortably full--and in some cases comparably lean--counterparts. Because most of the hungry monkeys are only now entering middle age, it's too early to tell whether the low-calorie diets will significantly extend their life-spans. But one of the studies provided a tantalizing hint: Mortality due to disease among the calorie-restricted monkeys was slightly lower than among the controls.