Health Is a carb-rich diet the key to living a longer life?

Is a carb-rich diet the key to living a longer life?

A low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet could be most effective to help you live a longer life, new research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre suggests.

The findings paint a clearer picture of the role of a little-known hormone called Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21).

It’s the so-called ‘fountain of youth’ hormone that plays a role in curbing appetite, moderating metabolism, improving the immune system and extending lifespan.

“Despite the popularity of high protein ‘paleo’ diets, our research suggests the exact opposite may be best for us as we age, said the study’s lead author Dr Samantha Solon-Biet.

“A low protein, high carbohydrate diet was the most beneficial for late-life health and longevity.”

The study was conducted in collaboration with the ANZAC Research Institute, Macquarie University, EWOS Innovation in Norway and the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana, USA.

Its findings could unlock new diabetes and obesity treatments.

You can read more about this study here. [Story credit University of Sydney newsroom]

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