The latest research shows a diabetes drug could be fountain of youth and allow you to live for 120 years.
- Cheap diabetes drug can increase lifespan by cutting risks of diseases
- A trial on humans was approved by the FDA and will start in 2016
- So far, studies on mice have shown the drug could prolong life by 40%
You might think that the time when people believed in stories such as the one of the fountain of youth are long gone. But aren’t anti-aging treatments taking up 70 percent of the ads sector? Aren’t we assaulted every day by creams and anti-wrinkle serums? Therefore, it seems like people still want to believe a miracle could happen and we could live a longer life.
What scientists are claiming now is that they have discovered a pill which treats diabetes that could stop the aging process. The drug is called Metformin. It is believed that if the drug reduces the levels of glucose from the liver, the oxygen levels will increase and this will extend our cells longevity, therefore making us younger for a while longer.
A trial to confirm this hypothesis was approved by the FDA and will be starting next year. The trial will have around 3,000 participants aged 70 to 80, who are predisposed to cancer or heart disease. As in all trials of this type, some participants will be receiving the drugs, while others will be receiving the placebo.
The hypothesis is based on early studies done on worms. The drug made worms age slower by keeping them healthy for a longer time. After that, the drug was tested on mice and it prolonged their life by 40%. Although not official yet, some doctors observed that the patients with diabetes, who took the drug were more likely to live a longer life than the ones who didn’t have the disease.
For now, however, researchers cannot explain exactly how the drug works. So, we don’t know if it’s actually treating the causes of disease, or reduces the risk and prolongs life by keeping our cells young.
To learn more about the drug and get a better understanding of how it works and whether it is or isn’t a fountain of youth, we will probably have to wait for the next years trial results.
However, if the trials have a positive outcome, the discovery can revolutionize the world of medicine by reducing risk of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s and increasing lifespan. Not to mention, the drug is one of the most common and also cheapest to produce, costing only $0.15 per pill.