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Old 07-10-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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Permanent diet may equal longer life

Kind of one of those 'no duh' type of deals, but the results of this study are still pretty interesting. Keep in mind the monkey on the right was on a "normal" diet vs. the monkey on the left with a reduced calorie diet.

Permanent diet may equal longer life - Los Angeles Times
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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Now the tuff part will be going out into the woods and making the monkey's stick to that diet.
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Damn! Monkey on the right got a raw deal.
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I guess that means my lunch at Olive Garden wasn't a good idea
-- it tasted good though, so I guess I'm not gonna bite anyone today.
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When UCLA evolutionary biologist Jay Phelan put mice on caloric restriction, he got the distinct impression that they didn't appreciate it.

"They bit people and were more agitated," he said. In contrast, the mice who ate a normal diet "would just sit around and let you pick them up."
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I guess that means my lunch at Olive Garden wasn't a good idea
-- it tasted good though, so I guess I'm not gonna bite anyone today.
So the fat ones are happier. So I guess a study should be done of which is more important, to be happy, or to have fewer medical issues? LOL.
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So the fat ones are happier. So I guess a study should be done of which is more important, to be happy, or to have fewer medical issues? LOL.
Not quite, I don't think anyone who has heart problems and is restricted to a life of no sex is happy.

It's a matter of overindulgence now and depression & illness later vs moderation now and moderation later.
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food makes people happy so does beer but now i am going to lock myself away from good food and live on cheerios
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Not quite, I don't think anyone who has heart problems and is restricted to a life of no sex is happy.
Interesting you would point that out. Not a lot of people with heart issues have to have a life of no sex unless they are close to death with immediate issues. People with prostate issues have that problem and there is no link to poor eating and prostate cancer.

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It's a matter of overindulgence now and depression & illness later vs moderation now and moderation later.
I was posing the question...if the fat ones are happier, is moderation now worth it?
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Just for the record, I feel like eating what you want makes you happier, however, exercising makes you happy and healthy too, and you should be more concered about exercising than dieting. Just my opinion though.
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LOL...maybe the most superfluous study ever. Eat less, live healthier, live longer...who'd of thunk it!
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I think one of the underlying reasons why it's better is that your body gets used to how much food you're eating and the body doesn't have to guess how much food is going to be eaten and then over-compensate or under-compensate depending on whether you eat a lot more or less food one day. When it has to change like this it puts a lot of stress on the body and how it functions.
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It also isn't clear whether caloric restriction would extend human lives by very much, UCLA evolutionary biologist Jay Phelan said. He has combined results from animal studies with data on men on the Japanese island of Okinawa who ate 17% fewer calories than men in Tokyo. He calculated that reducing intake by 35% would extend the human life span by just two years.
Two years is two years, but still -- if that's the payoff for a life of starving and denying yourself, I'm not all that impressed.
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Interesting you would point that out. Not a lot of people with heart issues have to have a life of no sex unless they are close to death with immediate issues. People with prostate issues have that problem and there is no link to poor eating and prostate cancer.
Hmmm. How does one say "that's not remotely accurate" without coming across as being a dick? I guess you just say it.

That's not remotely accurate (lest you forget you're speaking to someone in the healthcare business).

Anyone with congestive heart failure, severe murmurs, valve problems, or COPD would be restricted in terms of physical activity, including sex. That encompasses a lot of people who are nowhere near death.
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Though I will say I don't care how long this study says I will live, I'm not going to change what I do. Like anything else, balance is key in life. Whether it's balance between work and home, between family time and time to one's self, between work and play, or between indulgence and discipline.

This diet might be good for the body but that chocolate cupcake is good for the soul. You need some of both.

I'd rather do my best to stay fit while still enjoying the occasional splurge.
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Though I will say I don't care how long this study says I will live, I'm not going to change what I do. Like anything else, balance is key in life. Whether it's balance between work and home, between family time and time to one's self, between work and play, or between indulgence and discipline.

This diet might be good for the body but that chocolate cupcake is good for the soul. You need some of both.

I'd rather do my best to stay fit while still enjoying the occasional splurge.
I think you can balance both. Being on a lifelong diet doesn't mean you can never splurge here and there.
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