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Reach the age of 90 and your body won’t get any older, it was claimed last night. Michael Rose, a professor of evolutionary biology, says that if you are lucky enough to live that long, you stop ageing. To actually get to that moment, he suggests adopting a ‘Stone Age’ diet from the age of around 30. Grains and dairy products should be avoided and seafood, fruits, nuts and vegetables embraced.
Writing in this week’s New Scientist, he says that switching to the sort of diet favoured by our hunter-gatherer ancestors could speed up the advent of the healthy part of old age. For those in doubt, the University of California professor practises what he preaches. He says: ‘I have been following such a diet – avoiding grass-derived foods, such as grains, rice, corn and sugar cane, and anything made from milk – for two years and the results have been good.’
Professor Rose’s advice is far from mainstream but is based on the observation that, in general, we do not get sicker and sicker as we get older and older. Instead, population statistics show that ageing seems to stop at 93 – and does not speed up again until we get a telegram from the Queen. As incredible as it sounds, if you make it to 99, you are no more likely to die at any given point than someone of 93.