Longevity gene works but you must eat right

Longevity gene works but you must eat right

That has to be the best headline of 2013 so far.

The longevity gene works!  It is magic!  I will live to 115!  

Um, maybe, but only if you are eating good foods and not over-eating...

The studies have confirmed that regardless of your genetics; your genetic expression is yours to control via the sort and amount of food you eat:

  1. The ‘longevity’ gene SIR2 is found in all human beings
  2. SIR2 can combat ageing with anti-ageing properties and can slow or stop age-related diseases
  3. SIR2 provides protection from diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cardiovascular diseases
  4. The trick is, it works only on a healthy low-calorie diet
  5. High-calorie food adversely impacted the gene meaning it was not able to protect the body from diseases and bad eating habits

“Our study resolves the hotly debated controversy about the role of SIR2 as a longevity gene.  We have found that it may slow down the ageing process, but… a low-calorie intake has a significant impact on SIR2 protein and helps the body combat age-related diseases”
Dr Ullas Kolthur from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Department of Biological Sciences.

Studies by researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Department of Biological Sciences as published in the January 2013 editions of Cell Reports and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Posted: Sunday 3 February 2013

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