Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Shows Potential Reversal of Epigenetic Age
In this research paper published by Aging on April 12, 2021, entitled, “Potential reversal of epigenetic age using a diet and lifestyle intervention: a pilot randomized clinical trial,” researchers from the Institute for Functional Medicine, American Nutrition Association, National University of Natural Medicine, Ariel University, McGill University, and the University of California, conducted a new pilot study on the effects that diet and lifestyle intervention have on aging among a cohort of 43 healthy males between the ages of 50 and 72.
Half of the participants (n=21) completed an eight-week treatment program, and the other half (control group=22) received no intervention. Interventions within the treatment program included regimented diet, sleep, exercise, relaxation guidance, and supplemental probiotics and phytonutrients. The participants were enrolled in a preliminary education week, prior to the treatment program, in order to become acquainted with the researchers’ prescribed dietary and lifestyle interventions.
“To our knowledge, this is the first randomized controlled study to suggest that specific diet and lifestyle interventions may reverse Horvath DNAmAge (2013) epigenetic aging in healthy adult males,” – study authors.