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Calorie Restriction in the Elderly People

Journal of Korean Medical Science
Korean Academy of Medical Sciences (KAMJE)
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DOI: 10.3346/jkms.2013.28.6.797
  • Editorial
  • Medicine General & Social Medicine
  • Biology
  • Medicine


© 2013 The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. pISSN 1011-8934 eISSN 1598-6357 Calorie Restriction in the Elderly People Kwang-Il Kim and Cheol-Ho Kim Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea • J Korean Med Sci 2013; 28: 797-798 EDITORIAL Medicine General & Social Medicine Excessive calorie intake and subsequent obesity is associated with multiple chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes melli- tus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancers such as colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and breast cancer (1). Moreover, obesity is an indepen- dent risk factor for the disability and premature mortality. However, management of the food intake is much neglected by physicians. Furthermore, it is one of the difficult challenges to effectively motivate patients to change their eating behavior for the maintenance or promotion of health. Among the major barriers to counseling patients, physicians’ inadequate confi- dence and lack of knowledge with regards to the optimal food intake is believed to be the main reason for suboptimal recom- mendation of life style modification in the daily practice. It has been well established that calorie restriction, defined as a reduction in calorie intake below usual ad libitum intake without malnutrition, slows aging and increases maximum life span in various animal models from yeasts to non-human pri- mates (2). Data from epidemiologic studies also suggest that calorie restriction can have beneficial effects on the factors in- volved in the pathogenesis

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