According to a new study on obesity, it has been proved that consuming lower calories can help to have a healthier and longer life.

Lower The Calories You Consume, The Healthier You Are
Last Updated: 2009-07-10T14:51:39+05:30
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According to a new study that had been conducted by providing monkeys with a restricted diet has proved that consuming lower calories will help in having a longer lie which is healthier.

A nutritious but reduced-calorie diet restricts aging and delays the onset of disorders such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and brain atrophy. 

"We have been able to show that caloric restriction can slow the aging process in primate species," said Richard Weindruch, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, who led the study. 

"We observed that caloric restriction reduced the risk of developing an age-related disease by a factor of three and increased survival," he added. 

During the 20-year course of the study, 50% of the animals permitted to eat freely survived. In the other group, 80% of the monkeys given the same diet, but with 30% fewer calories, are still alive. 

All of the animals in the study were enrolled as adults at ages ranging from seven to 14 years. Today, 33 animals remain in the study, said a UW-Madison release. 

Of those, 13 are given free rein at the dinner table, and 20 are on a calorie-restricted diet. Rhesus macaques have an average life span of about 27 years in captivity. The oldest animal currently in the study is 29 years. 

The new report was published in the Friday edition of Science

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