Origin of the Fasting Mimicking Diet & the path to broader clinical acceptance | Valter Longo

Parent Episode: Valter Longo, Ph.D. on the Fasting-Mimicking Diet & Fasting for Longevity, Cancer & Multiple Sclerosis

Fasting has been shown to have powerful effects in animal models, although translating these results for human models is crucial. Initially, researchers had difficulty recruiting patients to participate in clinical trials involving prolonged fasting as both doctors and patients expressed concerns about safety and tolerability. The fasting-mimicking diet was formulated to assuage some of these concerns. Physicians regarded this structured and packaged diet as a medical therapy, and patients felt it was more acceptable since it allowed them to eat some food. The fasting-mimicking diet has opened up clinical trials on diseases such as cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. In this clip, Dr. Valter Longo discusses the origin of the fasting-mimicking diet and a possible future which may lean away from a drug-centered mentality to one which allows the body to heal itself.

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