A low calorie diet is good for a monkey and probably you too

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A rhesus monkey

Researchers have found the survival and health of monkeys is enhanced by a low calorie diet. This is probably also true for people.

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There has been some controversy about the effects of diet on the health of monkeys. Recent research shows the survival and health of monkeys is improved with a low calorie diet. This is probably also true for people.

It was beneficial for monkeys to have a calorie restricted diet

Bioscience Technology reports research teams joined together to settle a controversy about whether or not caloric restriction in rhesus monkeys assisted them in having healthier and longer lives. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Institute on Aging validated that it was beneficial for monkeys to have a calorie restricted diet.

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The rhesus monkey is a very good model for human aging

The researchers say that the rhesus monkey is a very good model for human aging. These nonhuman primates serve as important models for the translation of basic research into clinical application. Research on rhesus monkeys has suggested that food consumption can and does in fact have an influence on survival.

According to the University of Wisconsin Madison monkeys live longer and prosper from calorie restriction. Caloric restriction does in fact appear to be a means to affect aging. This new insight seem to be of particular importance in primates and is likely to also be relevant for people. So we should learn from monkeys that we are likely to live healthier and longer lives if we consume fewer calories.

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