Dr Edward Ivimey-Cook, from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) School of Biological Sciences said: “We know that reduced food intake increases the lifespan in many animals and can potentially improve health in humans.”
In another study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the effect of time-limited fasting on lifespan in roundworms was investigated.
“We looked at what happens in roundworms. Unlike us, they’re transparent, about 1mm long and live in the soil,” said Dr Ivimey-Cook.
“They don’t have bones, a heart, or a circulatory system. But they’re a classic model organism for studying the ageing process in biology because they do share many genes and molecular pathways that control development with humans.
“We found that fasting did indeed increase their lifespan.”