It is always advised to intake only the required number of calories for better health. While the thing is true for humans, a new study has proven it correct for the monkeys too. The monkeys not only get to lead a healthier life, but they also get a longer life.
The study was collectively conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and National Institute of Aging for resolving the aspect of ageing research. The two groups came together only after they concluded to two different results on the same topic in the past. On a quick note, it was concluded by the new study that the less the monkeys ate, the longer they lived.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been researching the subject for over two decades. In order to find a link between calorie intake and ageing related diseases, the university kept a number of rhesus monkeys under observation. Half of them were allowed to eat whatever they wanted, while the other half was given restricted to nutritious food and their calories were slashed by 30 percent compared to the other group.
After studying the monkeys for about 25 years, the study concluded that the monkeys on unregulated diet were three times more likely to have age-related diseases and death than the ones on a restricted diet. Out of the 38 monkeys that died, 28 were from the group that took the unrestricted diet. While the other 10 were from the group taking the restricted diet.
“It’s a research tool, not a lifestyle recommendation. We are not studying it so people can go out and do it, but to delve into the underlying causes of age-related disease susceptibility,” said Rozalyn Anderson, an assistant professor who was part of the study.