Study Proves Diet is the Key to Aging Well

Our Physician’s Plan Weight Loss + Wellness team has espoused the many benefits of good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight over the years. A 2021 study completed by the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre confirms this core belief.

The pre-clinical study conducted in mice showed the following:

  1. Nutrition has a more significant impact on aging and metabolic health than three drugs commonly used to treat diabetes and slow down aging.
  2. The makeup of our diet could be more potent than drugs in keeping conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease at bay.
  3. There is a protective role of diet and specific combinations of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates against aging, obesity, heart disease, immune dysfunction, and risk of metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
  4. The dietary composition has a more powerful effect than drugs aimed at metabolic health.

“Food is medicine. Our basic tenet at Physician’s Plan is to tailor the food plan to the person,” explains Kim Uyak, Owner of Physician’s Plan Weight Loss + Wellness. “This research confirms that diet is more powerful than pharmaceuticals in our health and age management quest.”

Ultimately, the research study of 40 different treatments with varying proteins, fats, carbohydrate balance, calories, and drug content examined the impact on the liver. The liver regulates our metabolism. The composition of healthy nutrients performed far and away better in improving metabolic health than the top three anti-aging drugs.

“A key strength of the study was using the geometric framework for nutrition developed by Professors Stephen Simpson and David Raubenheimer. The framework made it possible for the team to consider how mixtures and interactions of different nutrients influence health and disease, rather than focusing on any one nutrient in isolation, which is a limitation in other nutrition studies,” explains MedicalXpress Breaking News-and-Events.

The takeaway is that what we eat does affect how we age. Food, indeed, is confirmed as a powerful medicine. How much protein should one consume to enjoy an energy-filled day? Per the study findings, the amount of protein eaten influenced activity in the mitochondria, which are the part of cells that produce energy. The science is proven and says, “The amount of protein and dietary energy eaten influences how cells translate their genes into the different proteins needed to help cells function properly and make new cells.*” Further, the study confirms the food we intake is directly linked to our aging.

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