Fasting Diet Mimics Genetic Disease Protection

Laron Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes low levels of a growth hormone known as IGF-1. High levels of IGF-1 have been linked to cancer, diabetes and other diseases, while low levels seem to protect against them. There is a growing pool of evidence that various forms of intermittent fasting can also produce lower levels of IGF-1 and the associated benefits.

The power of intermittent fasting – []

Scientists are uncovering evidence that short periods of fasting, if properly controlled, could achieve a number of health benefits, as well as potentially helping the overweight, as Michael Mosley discovered.

Fasting Mimicking Diet Diet Claims To Slow Aging, While This Genetic Mutation Does – []

The Larons of Ecuador

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Around 350 people in the world live with Laron syndrome, a condition that causes a form of dwarfism. And about a third of those live in Loja, a remote, mountainous province of southern Ecuador. Known colloquially as Larons, they grow to about a metre in height and experience delayed puberty. They do not like being short and hate being described as dwarfs, but the recessive gene behind their stunted growth could prove to be an immensely valuable accident of nature, for they have what most of us want: an apparent ability to stave off debilitating diseases.

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