Saturday, March 11, 2006

Nutrition and Longevity

There is strong evidence from studies performed on mice and worms that life expectancy experiences a substantial increase , in the case of mice a doubling, once the regular daily caloric intake is reduced by 30%. Apparently such a major drop in calories induces the defence mechanisms to become more efficient and extend life by a substantial margin.

In the case of humans the required drop in nutritional intake is so large that no pharmaceutical company believes that they will be given the green light to conduct such experiments. A number of companies , however, would like to develop druge that will achieve the same results but that do not require a starvation diet. All what would be needed is to pop a pill a day that would replicate in the dbody system the conditions of "caloric deprivation" and if the original hypothesis prove to be true then we can have our cake and eat it too. How does 125 years sound? 25 years of schooling, 75 years of work and 25 years of retirement. Any takers?

11 comments:

Frank Marchese said...

I feel like the on going fountain of youth scenario is a idea that must be stopped. No one has ever asked regularly why we fear death so much. By attempting to immortalizing ourselves we are putting an enormous strain upon the government systems and environment which can almost definitly lead to destruction and waste. Most people today who live to around 80-100 are kept alive through unreasonable methods and their standard if living drops dramatically because of the amounts of medication pumped into them. They live in almost a haze of exsistence held here between life and death and for what? So they can lie in a bed all day of stare motionless out a window. Even if we are amble to prolong our vitality through a "Wonder Pill/Treatment" I would not take it to preserve whats left of my own human dignity and to continue the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

Haddy said...

amen brother!...i mean hell...they are making life pretty crappy as it is...if they make us all demi-gods, imagine the destruction we would be capable of

ghassan karam said...

Frank, Haddy
I am in full agreement with you. I only wish that more people will adopt your point of view.
BTW, many of the old people that I know are tired of their daily routine and actually do not fear death.( I do realize that this is purely anecdotal and I am not suggesting that this attitude is a general one, although it might be).

Frank Marchese said...

After I go, i am planning on being cremated so that my corpse does not take up precious land which will probably be very scarce in the near future. I do not find the idea of lying in a box for the rest of eternity a thing to look forward to.

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