Extend Your Life Now -- Part 4
|Cindy Crawford shows us how to cut carbs.|
The ketogenic diet reverses gene expression patterns and reduces reactive oxygen species levels when used as an adjuvant therapy for glioma
...but the story is huge. In a population of mice subjected to brain tumors, changing to a ketogenic diet slowed tumor growth and improved survival rates. For those unfamiliar with the term, a ketogenic diet is one that's low in sugar and starch, maintaining fairly moderate / low (and stable) blood sugar levels.
Perhaps you know the diet by its other name -- low carb.
The linked abstract states that the diet does more than impact glucose levels, that it causes "complex alterations in cellular metabolism." What those changes are is not yet clear, but I'm going to have to go ahead and label changes that improve the odds of surviving with a brain tumor fairly positive.
These findings are consistent with research showing that a low-carb diet is effective for more than just weight control. Such a diet may be one of the best ways to prevent or treat metabolic syndrome, which is where heart disease, diabetes, and -- some evidence now suggests -- degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's originate.
For more information on the life-extending benefits of low-carb diets, check out Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat.
If you're serious about getting started with life extension, don't miss Christine Peterson's Personalized Life Extension Conference. Here's our recent interview with Christine for those who missed it.