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Excelife excelife at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 17 17:19:15 EST 1998

In article < at ac.ucr.edu>, 
browley at GALAXY.UCR.EDU says...
>Thomas Mahoney/ Excelife wrote:
>>> While CR mice do live longer than mice whose diet is not restricted they
>>> no longer than than other mice on CR.  Their life span has not been
>>> by CR only their life expectancy has been increased.
>James replied:
>>I really have no idea what this is supposed to
>>mean.  I assume that it has something to do with an average versus maximum
>>argument that you are trying to make.
>>Regardless, I do not believe that you are correct.  Caloric restriction
>has been
>>shown to increase both average and maximal lifespan (see Yu et al. 1990,
>Yu et
>>al. 1982, Sohal R et al. 1996, Weindruch R, 1996, etc.)  
>I think Tom Mahoney was making the point that CR is an environmental, not
>genetic treatment for aging.
>I agree that CR extends both average and maximal life span/expectation.

Quite correct.  Mice in the wild undoubtedly encounter periods where food is 
scarce and the effects seen in CR are likely an adaptive response to these 
conditions.  Thus the actual life span of the mice is that seen in CR. It 
might make it clearer if we looked at those mice who are fed regularly as 
being overfed and dying earlier than their "normal" life span.

Whether this adaptive response has been conserved through the various species 
up to man is a legitimate line of research and may have some benefit as 
stated above for "both average and maximal life span/expectation."

Thomas Mahoney, Pres.
Lifeline Laboratories, Inc.

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