Scientists see potential in “ketogenic diet” for aging longevity

As with any other medical field, anti-aging techniques are always evolving and improving, and a recent press release indicates that some scientists have come ever closer to the perfect anti-aging diet.

Scientists from Gladstones Institutes have unearthed a specific compound that acts as "the body's major source of energy during exercise or fasting," says senior investigator Dr. Eric Verdin. This mechanism, known as β-hydroxybutyrate, works by blocking a chemical process that increases oxidative stress on the body's cells.

Dr. Verdin and his team discovered that low-calorie "ketogenic" diets – which have already been linked to aging longevity in past studies – also spur the production of this mechanism, leading the researchers to speculate that prescribing this regimen may reduce the risk of age-related conditions.

Oxidative stress essentially refers to the wear-and-tear on our cells as they use oxygen to create energy. This exertion contributes to cell aging, which, in turn, makes us more susceptible to certain diseases and general genetic decline.

"As cells age, they become less effective in clearing […] free radicals – leading to cell damage […] and the effects of aging," the press release states.

Further research is necessary to determine if increasing the production of this mechanism can prevent the onset of medical issues like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's, as well as less severe elements of mental and physical aging.

At Longevity Centres of America, our anti-aging doctors know that certain culinary choices can help delay aspects of the aging process – and other, less advisable selections can definitely accelerate them. That's why our comprehensive anti-aging program features dietary guidelines along with hormone pellet therapy, regular exercise and nutrition supplements.