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The New York Times reports that a new study of rhesus monkeys suggest that a restricted calorie diet could help people extend their lives for a considerable period of time.

According to the piece, the moneys have been put on a diet with all the normal ingredients but that had 30 percent fewer calories. A similar study in mice found that the rodents lived, on average, 40 percent longer. While the monkey study is by no means complete – rhesus monkeys live as long as 40 years anyway, so it takes time to gauge the results – “now, 20 years after the experiment began, the monkeys are showing many beneficial signs of caloric resistance, including significantly less diabetes, cancer, and heart and brain disease.”

The Times notes that since few people could actually cut back their caloric intake by 30 percent, scientists are looking for some sort of compound that might mimic the impact of a calorie-cutting regimen. One of the early candidates: reservatrol.
KC's View:
Wait a minute. Isn’t reservatrol the compound that is found in red wine that actually makes it heart-healthy in moderate amounts?

Yippeee!

I mean, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Now, a number of scientists caution that it is too early to tell whether the long-term experiment is working, and whether the monkeys actually are going to live longer because of the diet. But I say that is a compound in red wine is going to be identified as a potential fountain of youth, I’m happy to serve as a human test subject.

Where do I sign up?