More and more studies indicate that eating less and better delays aging. A healthier diet would in fact help postpone the physiological decline and the appearance of various diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney failure and cataracts.
In a large university hospital, researchers fed two groups of white rats. Specimens in the first group were fed to the full, receiving as much food as they wanted. The second group was placed on a restrictive diet with 40% fewer calories than the first group and composed of quality foods.
The longevity of diet rats was 30% higher than that of other subjects. It’s huge.
Similar studies conducted in the United States on monkeys produce the same results.
Dr. R. Walford and eight other researchers spent two years in an underground cabin in Arizona. However, they observed that the restrictive diet to which they were subjected, which limited their consumption to about 1000 calories a day, had beneficial effects on their health: weight loss and reduced blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure.
To age in good health, experts recommend:
My medical experience of more than 40 years confirms the accuracy of these recommendations. I would also add that it is very important not to smoke and to exercise a minimum of 50 minutes of walking at least 5 times a week.
That being said, it’s never too late to do it right. Do not try to change everything at the same time. Make a small change at a time. Every little improvement counts.
Even if you have already experienced failures with a diet, do not hesitate to start again by learning from past mistakes to improve yourself. The worst thing would be to hold you back for fear of failing again. That would be the failure for sure.
Ask yourself what you could change in your approach to ensure your success. Did you work well on your motivation? Have you identified your blockages? Have you applied the appropriate methods to better control your stress and emotions?
Talk to your doctor. It’s never too late to regain your health. Remember: your doctor is here to team up with you.
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Maurice Larocque M.D.