Certain animal studies conducted on mice and monkeys have shown the benefits of a low-calorie and nutrient-rich diet in extending life expectancy. Now, recent studies suggest intermittent fasting might be the key to longevity. Scientists have understood the role played by the growth hormone IGF-1 and how lower levels of this hormone is the key to a long life. The IGF-1 hormone stimulates growth and makes the cells reproduce. While this is good when we are young, lower levels of this hormone offer protective benefits as we age. A high level of IGF-1 fastens ageing and age-associated diseases. Scientists have found that IGF-1 levels can be lowered by fasting. Further, when our bodies do not have access to food, they go into repair mode in the place of growth mode, which is why researchers advice calorie restriction to live healthy and long. Source: Medindia << Hand Hygiene Audit in New Zealand Hospital Risk of Broken Bones Does Not Increase Due to Bariatric Sur... >> Recommended Reading Low Calorie Diet Low calorie meals or diet include foods that are high on nutritional content and yet have fewer calories. Updated information about low calorie diet or low calorie foods and its health benefits. READ MORE Low-Calorie Diet Increases Lifespan Lowering the core body temperature by opting for a calorie restriction diet could lead to a longer lifespan, a new study says READ MORE 4-months of Low-calorie Diet can Cure Type-2 Diabetes Low-calorie diet for 4-months can cure type-2 diabetes, according to Dutch scientists. READ MORE Low-Calorie Diet: A Good Way to Shed Weight and Boost Immunity People who follow a low-calorie diet or a very low-calorie diet not only lose weight, but also significantly enhance their immune response, concludes a new study. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Tips to Live Longer Though life is temporary and short, it is possible to maximize the span of our existence by living healthy and savoring every moment of life, read our tips to live longer READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Diaphragmatic Hernia Hearing Loss Calculator Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator More News on: Low Calorie DietWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseTips to Live LongerLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?