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June 25, 2015
Telomeres, a protective coating found on the end of chromosomes much like the plastic tip of shoelaces, shield and prevent chromosomes from fraying and sticking together. They are important because they are thought to control the aging process in humans. And, while telomeres naturally shorten with age, it is thought that they tend to shorten more slowly in healthy people. Telomeres that are frayed or shortened by reckless lifestyles can cause cells to die, accelerating the aging process and making the body more vulnerable to shorter lifespans and a higher risk for disease, including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Experts agree that consuming a healthy diet, losing excess fat and reducing stress levels can protect telomeres and influence how quickly they are shortened.
Genes involved with metabolism are very adaptable and can change rapidly. Sudden calorie restriction causes them to change their expression to starvation mode causing the body to become extraordinarily stingy and efficient about how it burns calories. It tends to conserve calories, storing everything possible as fat. Because dieting fights what the body is trying to do, successfully losing weight by restricting caloric intake can be challenging.
On the other hand, loading with a high fat diet for a few days actually changes gene expression in the opposite direction. A sudden high fat diet causes the body to produce more metabolic enzymes, shifting the metabolism into an abundance mode. The liver spikes its production of certain enzymes which up-regulates the metabolic pathways in the body to burn fat as fuel. When the high fat in the diet is suddenly taken away, the body can remain in this fat burning state for days. The end result is referred to as an intermittent fasting diet.
The association between dietary intake and telomere length have been examined, with findings suggesting that the most consistent positive influences on maintaining telomere length are fasting and extreme calorie restriction. But, because these types of fasting diets can cause muscle wasting, significant mood changes, declines in hormone levels and electrolytes, as well as other metabolic phenomena, they should always be closely supervised by a doctor who is specially trained in nutritional science and fast weight loss.
Scientists recently examined the potential benefits of eating a normal diet for most of the month followed by 5 days of caloric restriction. The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131(15)00224-7 showed that this modified low calorie fasting diet had many of the same benefits as a water only fast when the body is properly front-loaded by a ketogenic diet composed of 10 percent protein, 56 percent fat and 34 percent carbohydrates.
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