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Eat, Fast and Live Longer – Horizon
Did you know reducing IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1) by fasting is one of the best ways to reduce weight and stave off life threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes?
Fasting seems to finally be getting some of the much deserved attention it’s been owed. There’s still a long way to go but a program recently aired by the BBC entitled ‘Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer’, is creating a lot of new talk about fasting on health forums everywhere.
In the airing, Michael Mosley sets out with a goal of trying to slow the aging process. He looks at success stories and visits a fair share of institutions that deal specifically with the effects of the body on calorie restriction… aka: “fasting”.
Mosley learns that fasting has benefits that might only otherwise be found by bathing in the legendary Fountain of Youth. …
Key Points Made in Video
From 1929 to 1933, in the darkest years of the great depression when people were eating far less, life expectancy increased by 6 years.
IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1) growth hormone links calorie restriction and longevity and inhibits apoptosis of cells.
When IGF-1 levels drop, the body slows production of new cells and instead, repairs existing cells. DNA damage gets fixed and age-related diseases don’t happen. …
Mosely tried the 5:2 diet and after 5 weeks of the 5:2 diet, IGF-1 was reduced by 50%. Blood sugar (glucose) became normal and good cholesterol was increased. The risk of developing life threatening diseases was greatly reduced, including the top 2; cancer and diabetes.
Here’s a great study that supports the findings of Michael Mosely and the benefits of alternate day fasting. …
One of the fears of fasting is people often believe they’ll lose muscle by not eating frequently. Meal frequency is a proven myth and books such as ‘Eat Stop Eat Expanded‘ really delve into this. …