Caloric restriction reduces age-related and all-cause mortality in rhesus monkeys

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Abstract

  • Caloric restriction (CR) without malnutrition increases longevity and delays the onset of age-associated disorders in short-lived species, from unicellular organisms to laboratory mice and rats. The value of CR as a tool to understand human ageing relies on translatability of CR's effects in primates. Here we show that CR significantly improves age-related and allcause survival in monkeys on a long-term ~30% restricted diet since young adulthood. These data contrast with observations in the 2012 NIA intramural study report, where a difference in survival was not detected between control-fed and CR monkeys. A comparison of body weight of control animals from both studies with each other, and against data collected in a multi-centred relational database of primate ageing, suggests that the NIA control monkeys were effectively undergoing CR. Our data indicate that the benefits of CR on ageing are conserved in primates. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
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  • 9827894
  • Author List

  • Colman RJ; Beasley TM; Kemnitz JW; Johnson SC; Weindruch R; Anderson RM
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  • 5