New anti-ageing drug could help you live to 120

By Samantha Luiz
02 December 2015

A breakthrough drug that could see people living in good health well into their 110s and 120s will be tested on humans next year.

A breakthrough drug that could see people living in good health well into their 120s will be tested on humans next year. Scientists believe that the anti-ageing drug, a world first, will also wipe out diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This breakthrough comes after the diabetes drug metformin was found to extend the lifespan of animals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has since been given permission to test if the drug would have a similar effect on humans.

'That’s never happened before'

“If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of ageing as well,” said ageing expert Professor Gordon Lithgow, who also worked on the study.

“That’s revolutionary. That’s never happened before."

Considered to be one of the less expensive drugs available, metformin works by releasing more oxygen into the cells, making them healthier, therefore live longer.

The connection between the diabetes drug and longevity was first found by researchers at Cardiff University. They found patients treated with metformin could live longer than people without it.

“Surprisingly, the findings indicate that this cheap and widely prescribed diabetic drug may have beneficial effects not only on patients with diabetes but also for people without, and interestingly, people with type 1 diabetes,” said Professor Craig Currie from Cardiff’s School of Medicine.

“Metformin has been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-cardiovascular disease benefits. It can also reduce pre-diabetics’ chances of developing the disease by a third.”

Sources: news.nationalpost.com, telegraph.co.uk

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