Sunday, November 08, 2009

'Spoonful Of Sugar' Makes The Worms' Life Span Go Down

Spoonful Of Sugar Makes The Worms Life Span Go Down


If worms are any indication, all the sugar in your diet could spell much more than obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers reporting in the November issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, say it might also be taking years off your life.

By adding just a small amount of glucose to C. elegans usual fare of straight bacteria, they found the worms lose about 20 percent of their usual life span. They trace the effect to insulin signals, which can block other life-extending molecular players.

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