The Relationship of Body Weight to Longevity within Laboratory Rodent Species

  • Donald K. Ingram
  • Mark A. Reynolds

Abstract

The positive correlation of body weight (BW) to lifespan (LS) across mammalian species is well-established (Economos, 1980b; Sacher, 1959). Increases in species-representative BW are paralleled by increases in LS. According to an analysis by Economos (1980b), the correlation coefficient of log BW vs. log LS within the mammalian class as a whole is high (ṟ = 0.79). This relation appears to hold within all mammalian orders. Within the order Rodentia, the correlation coefficient of log BW vs. log LS is even higher (ṟ = 0.86).

Keywords

Sugar Obesity Cage Dehydration Nash 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald K. Ingram
    • 1
  • Mark A. Reynolds
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Physiology and Genetics Section, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology Gerontology Research CenterNational Institute on Aging, Francis Scott Key Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA

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