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Low-cal diet may reduce cancer in monkeys

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3:30pm, August 10, 2004

Here's a fact that people stuffed with Thanksgiving stuffing might well contemplate: According to studies of short-lived species such as worms, flies, and mice, slashing normal calorie consumption by one-third can extend an animal's natural life span and reduce its odds of diseases such as cancer. Researchers monitoring monkeys on calorie-restricted diets have also seen signs that this strategy can benefit long-lived primates (SN: 3/15/97, p. 162: http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_arc97/3_15_97/bob1.htm) and, presumably, people.

At a gerontology meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, Angela Black of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Bethesda, Md., reported for the first time preliminary data suggesting that calorie-restricted monkeys are developing fewer chronic diseases, particularly cancer and endometriosis, than are monkeys that eat as much as they want.

"It's becoming evident that calorie restriction is having the expected benefits in

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