Food restriction was used to increase the life span of normotensive (WKY) and Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR). When SHR's were maintained on 40% of an otherwise typical lab rat diet, their mean life spans increased from 18 months to over 30 months. The mean life times of normotensive rats which were similarly food restricted were expanded from 24 months to over 32 months. Histological examination of heart, adrenals, kidneys and brain showed that freely fed hypertensive rats died of end-organ damage associated with high blood pressure. In contrast, deaths of food restricted hypertensive rats appeared due to changes associated with old age, rather than specific lesions due to hypertension. Thus, food restriction allows a genetically hypertensive animal to reach a normal life span and to die of age-related rather than hypertension-related events.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)