Fasting can Extend Life Expectancy

Scientists uncover evidence that properly controlled intermittent fasting has numerous health benefits including extended life expectancy.

Popular experiments done on mice in 1930s proved that the ones put on a low-calorie; nutrient-rich diet lived far longer. There is mounting evidence now that the same is true in Humans. Calorie restriction, eating well but not much, is one of the few things that has been shown to extend life expectancy. There is now evidence suggesting that IGF-1 levels can be lowered by what you eat.

The IGF-1 growth hormone keep our bodies in grow mode, with cells driven to reproduce. High levels of which seem to lead to accelerated ageing and age-related diseases, while low levels are protective.  The reason seems to be that when our bodies no longer have access to food they switch from “growth mode” to “repair mode”. As levels of the IGF-1 hormone drop, a number of repair genes appear to get switched on according to ongoing research by Professor Valter Longo of the University of Southern California.

If you really want to fast then you should do it in a proper clinic or under medical supervision, because there are many people, such as pregnant women or diabetics on medication, for whom it could be dangerous. Fasting, like eating, is best done in moderation.