Can a High-Fat Diet Slow Down Aging?

stroke1Researchers from the National Institute of Health and the Center for Healthy Aging (part of the University of Copenhagen) recently found that a high-fat diet can slow down aging in mice.

According to the lead researchers, the study shows that high-fat diets could slow down the effects of the aging process in humans. They were particularly focused on Cockayne Syndrome, a rare disease that can cause people to begin to age as early as 12.

But it could have impact in terms of postponing the aging of the brain, which can help with mental acuity and awareness (this is often what children of elderly parents are worried about disappearing), as well as helping to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Of course, a high-fat diet does bring about other concerns, notably diabetes and other potential heart conditions – so a balance would need to be struck.

The theory of why this all works is ketones, which are linked with sugars as being the energy-providing areas for our brain. When human blood sugar is low, ketones are actually what the body produces by breaking down fat in the system.

More research is needed (and obviously on human subjects), but this could be an interesting contribution to our understanding of, and the science around, aging. If diets could be shifted in the 40s and 50s to maintain a balance between high-fat products and consistent exercise, the decline that comes with age could possibly be delayed even further; this would, in turn, advance home care significantly.

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