Therapeutic fasting can negatively affect the health of future generations. Experts from the University of East Anglia have come to this conclusion, according to the website MedicalXpress.
Biologists studied 2,500 worms Caenorhabditis elegans, spanning four generations. They served as a model organism in studies of aging processes due to similar molecular pathways to humans.
The first generation of invertebrates was divided into groups, which, in turn, were placed in one of four environments, including those where they received unlimited food or were forced to starve. Their offspring were transferred to either a complete diet or a starvation diet, after which scientists evaluated the effects of such scenarios on the reproduction and longevity of future generations.
They found that starvation increased the lifespan and fertility of the worms. However, in their offspring these indicators were reduced, and this applied not only to the next generation, but also to their “grandchildren”.