One of the Howell Foundation’s trademarks – and now legacy to the community – is its Luncheon series held every quarter.
We are kicking-off 2014 with Dr. Roberta Goettlieb, Director of Cardiobiology at Cedars – Sinai Medical Center, who will be talking about intermittent fasting and how it can increase our life span on February 7th. You can find more information on the speaker here: Dr. Roberta Goettlieb
The current medical controversy stems from 2 perspectives: the ones who say that a little fat (not obese) might help save and individual’s life, and those who believe that intermittent fasting has invaluable health benefits that in turn will help us live longer. Consider the following facts:
- It’s long been known that calorie restriction can increase the lifespan of certain animals. More recent research suggests that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction, which may be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake.
- “Under-nutrition without malnutrition” is the only experimental approach that consistently improves survival in animals with cancer, and extends overall lifespan by about 30 percent
- Both intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic disease risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance.
- Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone (aka the “fitness hormone”) production by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men.
- Intermittent fasting can improve brain function by boosting production of the protein BDNF, which activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons and triggers other chemicals that promote neural health. This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and helps protect your neuro-muscular system from degradation.