A new scientific study has revealed that eating less food helps slow down the aging process.
According to the British newspaper “The Sun”, the study examined the health data of 200 people, half of whom were asked to reduce the amount of calories they ate daily by 14 percent for two years.
At the end of the study, the researchers performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on all participants, and found that reducing food consumption enhanced thymic function.
The thymus gland helps build and support the immune system, and as you age, it can malfunction; Which leads to aging and weak immune responses in the elderly.
“The rejuvenation and function of the thymus gland is really amazing,” said lead author of the study, Professor Vishwa Deep Dixit, from Yale University.
Dixit stressed, that the results of their study show the benefit of a simple reduction in calories on the state of immune metabolism, and thus on slowing the aging process.
Some studies have previously looked at the effect of weight on aging diseases such as dementia.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge in 2016 concluded that being overweight can lead to aging of the brain, and that the brains of obese people may appear to be 10 years older than the brains of their leaner peers.
On the other hand, a 2019 South Korean study concluded that older adults with significant weight gain or loss may be at greater risk of developing dementia.