Calorie Restricted Diets and Mike Linksaver in the NYTimes.

200610311437The NYTimes has a great piece on calorie restricted diets and life extension.

In a laboratory at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Matthias is learning about time’s caprice the hard way. At 28, getting on for a rhesus monkey, Matthias is losing his hair, lugging a paunch and getting a face full of wrinkles.

Yet in the cage next to his, gleefully hooting at strangers, one of Matthias’s lab mates, Rudy, is the picture of monkey vitality, although he is slightly older. Thin and feisty, Rudy stops grooming his smooth coat just long enough to pirouette toward a proffered piece of fruit.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the level of carbohydrates or if it’s just total caloric intake. Carbs are oxidizers so this would explain the accelerated aging if you’re on a high carb diet.

Mike Linksvayer, a 36-year-old chief technology officer at a San Francisco nonprofit group, embarked on just such a diet six years ago. On an average day, he eats an apple or some cereal for breakfast, followed by a small vegan dish at lunch. Dinner is whatever his wife has cooked, excluding bread, rice, sugar and whatever else Mr. Linksvayer deems unhealthy (this often includes the entrée). On weekends, he occasionally fasts.

Mr. Linksvayer, 6 feet tall and 135 pounds, estimated that he gets by on about 2,000 to 2,100 calories a day, a low number for men of his age and activity level, and his blood pressure is a remarkably low 112 over 63. He said he has never been in better health.

Note to self. Mike has the coolest last name – Linksaver! He’s like a social bookmarking product! Either that or a superhero for bookmarks. I should legally change my name to Kevin Memetracker!

  1. I’m working on a web 3.0 link confabulation social networking service written in ML, so as to fully leverage my name.

    People with names that work with the suffix “ator” will get early invites.

    A diet consisting of mostly carbs may result in accelerated aging but it seems that calories are what counts for decelerated aging.

    Obviously restricted calories need to be coupled with at least adequate nutrition, or you simply get malnutrition.

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