Eating more carbohydrates can lead to a longer life
Carbohydrates have been demonized frequently in recent years. It was often advised against consuming lots of carbohydrates, for example to lose some weight. Researchers have now found that carbohydrates have a very positive effect on our health. Eating carbohydrates and low protein can extend our life expectancy.
The researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Center found that a diet high in carbohydrates could lead to an extension of our lives. So carbohydrates could be a kind of fountain of youth for us humans. The doctors published the results of their study in the journal "Cell Metabolism".
Our diet affects life expectancy
If you want to live longer, maybe you should change your diet. Eating more carbohydrates and fewer proteins will improve our life expectancy. Researchers at the University of Sydney advise such a diet because it leads to a longer life and may even help fight obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Nutrition can stimulate the so-called fountain of youth hormone FGF21
Appropriate nutrition stimulates the production of the hormone Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21). This hormone is also known as the so-called fountain of youth hormone, which is mainly produced in the liver, the researchers explain.
Health effects of FGF21
Previous research had shown that FGF21 is strongly influenced by diet. High levels of this hormone play a major role in curbing appetite, reducing metabolism, improving the immune system, and producing insulin, the authors explain.
Researchers advise a diet high in carbohydrates
Despite the current popularity of a high protein diet, the researchers advise the opposite. A diet rich in carbohydrates and with little protein is beneficial for the health of later life and increases our longevity, say the experts.
Mice with high FGF21 levels lived longer
A low-protein and high-carbohydrate diet leads to the most effective increase in the hormone FGF21 in mice, explains author Dr. Samantha Solon-Biet. The mice with an elevated FGF21 level lived much longer, the doctor adds. This finding contradicts the widespread belief that reducing carbohydrates is best for overall health.
Study results may improve current dietary guidelines
The FGF21 hormone reacts in humans in the same way as in mice. The data from the research could therefore be used to improve current dietary guidelines, the doctors explain. This is how the maximum metabolic effect of the hormone can be generated. Of course, FGF21 can also be increased with the help of medication. However, the new results now show that, alternatively, a change in diet can increase the level of the hormone, say the scientists.
Carbohydrates can affect aspects of health later in life
We should rethink the general aversion to carbohydrates. This has been widespread in the past 20 or 30 years, says Dr. Solon bid. Now, however, the results of the last study make it clear that low protein consumption and high carbohydrates have a positive effect on some aspects of health later in life. (as)