Information on daily nutrient requirements is more complete for farm animals than for horses, pets and man. Very little is known, particularly in man, horses and pets of the relationship between nutrition and longevity. Therefore, a slightly higher intake of essential nutrients would appear to be preferable, the more so as the body can readily remove any surpluses. This also holds true for man and animals in suboptimum living conditions.
Many children with muscular dystrophy are overweight, and although weight control is pursued in some centres it is unusual to encourage severe dietary restriction for fear that it might lead to accelerated loss of muscle. In this study, two overweight boys with muscular dystrophy were monitored by whole-body nitrogen balance, total body potassium, strength and functional measurements during calorie restriction.
Despite all that has been written, little evidence supports the notion that the American diet for the elderly needs major modifications (table 3). Particularly in counseling and assessing the elderly, physicians must keep in mind that whatever technique older patients used to reach their present age is probably better than what we can recommend.
Zeitschrift F¸r Die Gesamte Innere Medizin Und Ihre Grenzgebiete
Proceeding from experiences with animal-experimental studies is tried to show all those mechanisms which have influence on the ageing process of man. In these cases in the experimental part of the study is particularly investigated the influence of the restriction of food in obese patients on the cardiovascular system, the lipid metabolism and the biological age. In obese patients of middle age by isocaloric reduction diet a normalisation of the at present changed non-invasive cardiodynamic parameters could be achieved.