While many diets have been studied for effectiveness in preventing obesity and heart disease in both mice and humans, research on the effects and benefits of short, periodic cycles of fasting on obesity and heart health are lacking.
A USC-led team of international scientists found that a one-two punch of a fasting diet with hormone therapy may enhance the effects of breast cancer treatment in small clinical trials and mouse studies.
Professor Valter Longo, director of the USC Longevity Institute, is investigating how fasting and diets that mimic fasting’s effects can help immune function, including the body’s response to viruses.
A fasting-mimicking diet could spur cellular repair and improve health, says USC Leonard Davis Professor Valter Longo.
Dietitians may recommend the popular high fat, very low carbohydrate plan for certain patients, but most of us can get the same results without going to such extremes.
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Professor Valter Longo, expert on dietary restriction and regeneration, leads team of USC and Harvard researchers looking to slow aging and prevent disease.