X-Message-Number: 19832
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 13:10:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott Badger <>
Subject: Re: CR going mainstream

James Swayze <> wrote:

> Want to Live Longer? Do This One Thing
> Eat less food. 

In order to increase my "odds" of surviving, I have
taken steps to improve my health. I need to lose
weight so, naturally, one thing I do is eat less, but
not to the level recommended in CR diets. I suspect
one of the critical factors underlying the
effectiveness of CR is the lowering of glucose levels
and the associated lowering of the average metabolic
rate. The recent study of long-lived men revealed
three correlates to their longevity; lower than
average levels of glucose, lower than average body
temp, and higher levels of DHEA. 

One can lower one's blood glucose through simply
changing one's diet. A currently popular author,
Richard Perricone, suggests the following:


Foods to Avoid
Alcoholic beverages, bacon, bananas, bagels, beef,
beer, brandy, butter, breads, carrots, cream cheese,
candy, cake, chocolate, coffee, cookies, cereals
(except oatmeal), cornstarch, corn, corn syrup,
croissants, dried fruit, duck, doughnuts, fruit juice,
fried foods, flour, gin, grapes, goose, granola, hard
cheese (except for feta and parmesan), honey, hot
dogs, ice cream, jams and jellies, lamb, mango,
margarine, molasses, mayonnaise, muffins, noodles,
oranges, pancakes, papaya, pastry, peas, pie, pizza,
pasta, pickles, popcorn, pork, potatoes, pudding,
pumpkin, raisins, relish, rice, rum, sherbet, soda,
scones, sherry, sugar, tacos, veal, waffles,
watermelon, whiskey, wine, whole milk

Foods to Enjoy
Almonds, asparagus, avocado, beans (black, kidney,
lima), apples, bell peppers, broccoli, broccoli rabe,
blueberries, blackberries, brussel sprouts, cabbage,
cantaloupe, clams, cottage cheese (lowfat), crab meat,
chicken (white meat), capon, cauliflower, celery,
Chilean sea bass, cod fish, coriander, cucumbers,
dill, egg whites, eggplant, endive, escarole, fat-free
milk, feta cheese, fennel, flounder, filet of sole,
garlic, grapefruit, ginger, halibut, honeydew melon,
kiwi fruit, kale, legumes, lentil soup, lobster,
lemons, leafy greens, lettuce, monkfish, mushrooms,
mussels, nectarines, nuts, oatmeal, onions, olive oil,
olives, parmesan cheese, peaches, pecans, parsley,
pears, plums, radish, raspberries, spinach, scallops,
Swiss chard, scallions, snow peas, smoked salmon,
sardines, shrimp, salmon, salmon trout, soy beans,
sour cream, swordfish, tea (black and especially
green), tomatoes, tomato juice, tofu, turkey, yogurt
(non-fat, unflavored), walnuts, zucchini

Conforming to these dos and don'ts alone will likely
lower your glucose. It's mostly a matter of reducing
the amount of and choosing complex carbohydrates (w/
relatively low glycemic indices). You can purchase a
relatively inexpensive blood glucose monitor to
observe and record changes and your body's reactions
to particular foods. The normal range is about 70 to
105. Being in the lower part of that range is
prsumably desirable. If the changes in diet prove to
be insufficient, you can look into getting a
prescription for metformin which acts to decrease
blood glucose by increasing cellular sensitivity to

I wonder if Doug has done fly experiments using
glucose rich food vs low glucose foods.

BTW, Dr. Perricone stated on a recent PBS fundraiser
that he guaranteed that by simply switching from
coffee to green or black tea, you would lose 9-10
pounds within 4-6 weeks. Given the powerful
antioxidant attributes of green tea, it sounds like a
pretty good trade. I made the switch three days ago
and haven't missed coffee at all.


Scott Badger

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