Re: CR pill?

From: Brian Manning Delaney (in Florida) (
Date: Sun Mar 05 2000 - 08:09:53 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> (Why more life-extensionists aren't on
>>> the diet remains a puzzle to me. Scientific
>>> optimism is a big part of it, from what I've
>>> gathered; dislike of dieting
>>> being an obvious additional factor.)

> Ja, and another thing about CR is there is
> no good way to tell if it is doing any good. Those
> of us who have been doing CR for 20 yrs
> or more have no way to know for sure if we
> are aging more slowly than we would have otherwise.

Well, "no good way..." and "no way to know for sure" are different things, I'd
say. There's no way to know for sure, yes, but fasting glucose levels, insulin
levels, IGF-1, and other parameters can provide a ~"good" way to know your state
of health/age, the source of which state you should be able to determine
("well," not perfectly) on other grounds.

And if you can afford it, exotic tests of cross-linking are available.

But, yeah, absolutely, we need something solid, like you say here --

> What we need is some kind of
> biological clock or some way to measure our
> rate of aging, like a telomere measurement
> technique or something.

The monkey CR studies should help on this score very soon (within a few years,
if not months).


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