Lifelong soya consumption in males does not increase lifespan but increases health span under a metabolic stress such as type 2 diabetes mellitus
Abdelaziz, Kheira M.
Viña Ribes, José
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Soya consumption can decrease oxidative stress in animal models. Moreover, phytoestrogens such as genistein, present in soya, can mimic some of the beneficial effects of estrogens and are devoid of significant side effects, such as cancer. In this study, we have performed a controlled lifelong study with male OF1 mice that consumed either a soya-free diet or a soya-rich diet. We show that, although we found an increase in the expression and activity of antioxidant enzymes in soya-consuming mice, it did not increase lifespan. We reasoned that the soya diet could not increase lifespan in a very healthy population, but perhaps it could extend health span in stressed animals such as type 2 diabetic Goto Kakizaki (GK) rats. Indeed, this was the case: we found that male GK rats consuming a soya-rich diet developed the disease at a lower rate and, therefore, lived longer than soya-free dietconsuming rats.
Is part ofMechanisms of Ageing and Development, 2021, vol. 200, p. 111596
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