I’m guessing you answered “yes.”
You already know to watch your diet, exercise frequently, manage stress, avoid smoking, floss your teeth, live in Okinawa, etc. — but now comes the big one!
Scientists have shown that adding 2% glucose to the culture medium of the worm C. elegans reduces their lifespan. How much are we talking about here? Was it by 3%? How about 5%? Maybe 8%? No – the reduction in lifespan was 20%!
Read more about this research here.
You may say, quite reasonably, that humans and worms are very different, but C. elegans is commonly used a model organism for human disease. Also, it is worth considering the percentage of our diets that are based on refined sugars – especially those hidden in foods. 2% may be on the low side in many cases.
In this aging economy, it’s just one of many studies that innovators will be interested in applying to a business idea. Want to know more about aging and the opportunities in this market? MaRS will soon be hosting the Business of Aging conference – a major multi-disciplinary symposium. Check it out and discover how you can position yourself in this burgeoning industry!