Growing Old Together

Background
The Growing Old Together study (in Dutch: Samen Oud, Samen Thuis) was performed within the Leiden Longevity Study (LLS). The LLS consists of 421 long-lived families with siblings of on average 90 years old, but also included the offspring of these long-lived siblings and their spouses. A subgroup of these individuals participated in the GOTO study.  In total, 163 individuals of ages between 46 and 75 years and having a BMI between 23 and 35 kg/m2 were included between February and October 2012. Previous research showed that a low caloric intake and higher physical activity could lead to a prolonged lifespan and reduced risk on age-related diseases.

Aim
In the GOTO Study, the offspring of long-lived siblings together with their partners changed their lifestyle by decreasing food intake by 12.5% and increasing physical activity by 12.5% during 13 weeks. The main research question was to examine whether lifestyle changes are also in this age group beneficial with regard to health.

More information
The sections Gerontology and Geriatrics (department Internal Medicine) and Molecular Epidemiology (department Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics) from the LUMC collaborate with the Wageningen University. For more information please contact us (leidenlangleven@lumc.nl) or visit the following website: www.leidenlangleven.nl