Can restricting calories help you to live longer?

James E Brown*

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Excess calorie consumption is associated with metabolic disorders and increased incidence of morbidity. Restricting calorie content, either by daily calorie restriction or intermittent fasting periods, has multiple benefits including weight loss and improved body composition. Previous research has shown that restricting calories in this way can increase longevity and slow the ageing process in laboratory animals, although only sparse data exist in human populations. This review critically evaluates the benefits of these dietary interventions on age-related decline and longevity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalPost Reproductive Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2014

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  • body composition
  • diabetes
  • intermittent fasting
  • longevity
  • obesity


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