A new study conducted at the University of California has revealed that ketogenic diet may in fact be the secret to long life. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet that focuses on including items such as vegetables, fruits, meat and nuts and seeds. A ketogenic diet is high on fat and low in protein and carbohydrates. The new study has revealed that the ketogenic diet not only helps in weight loss, but it can also increase longevity and boost physical strength. The new study was conducted on mice models, and results showed a 13 percent increase in median life span for mice that were put on a high fat diet in comparison to mice that were given a high carbohydrate diet. Researchers said that if the results are applied to humans, it would translate into 10 more years of life.
The researchers also noted that the mice not only lived longer but they also retained quality of health in later life. The mice that were on high fat diet also displayed improved memory and motor functions such as strength and coordination. The high fat diet also prevented an increase in age-related markers of inflammation. It may be recalled that inflammation is the primary cause of various diseases in humans. The incidence of tumors was also reduced in mice that were given a high fat diet. The findings of the study have been published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers said that the study has unlocked new research opportunities for studying the possibility of using diets as a means to delay ageing.