Scientists have found a link between starvation and life expectancy

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Extending the time between meals improves overall health and increases life expectancy, found the scientific team from the United States. It is reported portal Science Daily.

How figured out the experts, the positive effect of periodic fasting is observed regardless of calorie intake and food consumed.

Specialists conducted a study involving 292 laboratory mice, which were divided into two groups. Half of the rodents followed the diet with lots of protein and fiber. Here the animals drank less sugar — and fat-containing products.

After that, the mice were divided into two groups: one-third of them had access to food, a second group consumed 30% fewer calories the rest of the rodents were fed only once a day, but the caloric content of their diet is roughly consistent with the first subgroup.

In the second and third cases in animals increased time interval between meals due to fast eating portions. As a result, the mice had improved General condition of the body, which has a positive impact on their life expectancy.

«The increase in daily time of fasting, without any reduction in caloric content and regardless of the type of diet led to improvement in the General health and viability of male mice. Perhaps this increased the daily period of fasting allows you to restore and maintain the mechanisms that were absent in the continuous food intake,» says lead author Dr. Rafael de Cabo from the National Institute on aging in the United States.

The researchers note that the metabolism of mice similar to human, so their findings can be applied to people. Scientists expect that their findings will help people to maintain a healthy body mass and decrease some age-related metabolic disorders. The data obtained will be used for further research.