I’ve speculated before about the effect of eating paleo on human longevity. Strong evidence exists that there’s a concrete link between the paleo diet and aging, with a paleo approach helping to keep us off the ‘accelerated aging’ track.
So I was interested to watch this TED Talk with biochemist Cynthia Kenyon, who has found a simple genetic mutation that can double the lifespan of a simple worm, C. Elegans. The genes responsible exist in humans, but are turned off by insulin. The lessons from that discovery, and others, are pointing to how we might one day significantly extend youthful human life. In the talk, she notes that the mutation can be triggered by drugs and gene therapy applied to the worms:
How does this relate to the paleo diet and aging? Well, although she doesn’t mention it in the video above, she has talked previously about the wisdom of keeping insulin levels in check through diet. Removing excess and troublesome carbs from the diet – a key outcome of following a paleo approach – is an effective way to keep insulin levels under control, thus activating the “long-life” genes.
Further indication of a strong connection between the paleo diet and aging. What’s your take?