This common medication could help us live to 120 – and it’s coming soon 104



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If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and wished for a younger body, we have some good news for you. Human trials will soon go ahead on a drug that could turn back the effects of ageing, giving us a longer, healthier life.

The most exciting thing, is that this drug is already commonly in use.

The world’s first anti-ageing drug trails will commence soon after the Food and Drug Administration in the US gave the go-ahead for researchers to extend their study of the side effects of metformin.

Metformin is currently in use as a diabetes treatment, however doctors and scientists have taken an interest in the drug’s side effect – that being longer-than-expected life in diabetes patients.

When Belgian researchers tested metformin on worms, they not only aged slower, but also stayed healthier for longer – they didn’t slow down or develop wrinkles. Mice treated with the drug lived nearly 40 per cent longer and maintained stronger bones were also stronger.

The hope is this drug will unlock a new era of medicine called “geroscience” in which doctors no longer fight against conditions like cancer, dementia and diabetes, but treat the major underlying cause – that is, ageing.

Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s could become a thing of the past, and scientists are quietly confident they will soon be able to slow down ageing to the point where tomorrow’s 70-year-olds have the biological bodies of a 50-year-old, and life expectancies leap to between 110 and 120.

Professor Gordon Lithgow of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California explains: “If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of ageing as well. That’s revolutionary. That’s never happened before.

“I have been doing research into ageing for 25 years and the idea that we would be talking about a clinical trial in humans for an anti-ageing drug would have been though inconceivable.But there is every reason to believe it’s possible.

“Twenty years ago ageing was a biological mystery. Now we are starting to understand what is going on.”

The conditions, signs and symptoms of ageing we are all familiar with are actually due to errors that occur when our cells divide. As The Telegraph puts is, “ageing is not an inevitable part of life because all cells contain a DNA blueprint which could keep a body functioning correctly forever. Some marine creatures do not age at all.”

The clinical trial called Targeting Aging with Metformin, or TAME, is scheduled to begin in the US next year.

Would you embrace a treatment that allowed you to live an extra 30 or 40 years? What would you do differently if you knew this was the case?

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  1. Living longer? No thank you if climate change and horrific wars are not sorted out

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    • Oh climate change, schlimate change. It’s all a media beatup, you know, perpetuated by scientists who want big research grants. The climate has always been changing and very much less than 1% of it due to man. And there will always be wars as long as man exists.

      Be positive, we have a wonderful world, and I want to be around to enjoy it for a few decades more (61 now). It’s the only chance you get, unless you’re into Buddhism…. I don’t want to be a 120 year old ant:)

  2. I certainly would not like to live until I was 120 years old, and who would pay us a pension for that long? Not the AUSSIE GOVERNMENT!

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  3. sounds interesting but the Government will make sure it is so expensive that only the rich will be able to afford it. They won’t be in favour of anything that extends our lives, so that they have to pay pensions for a longer period

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    • I understand your cynicism but it has been around for decades and is cheap, off patent. See my other comment for more info.

  4. An economic and social nightmare with the current prevailing attitudes towards us oldies. It would be great though if we all could live without getting dementia and some other age based conditions. Not sure about longer though.

  5. Bring it on, i say !!!!

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    • Yeah “bring it on.” Kids wouldn’t like it. They’d have to wait too long for their inheritance.

  6. I would like to live my life actively but would have to have known about it a long time ago to plan for lots more money.

  7. Yes, pick me for this one. What would I do differently? Think kinder thoughts and drink less … coffee? Hahahah. It would be fun to get rid of dicky knees.

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  8. Really? Does this medication preserve our skin and reverse all aging complaints? Will that be the new 100? and most importantly do we have to work to 100? gosh I’m excited! lol

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  9. Aging for me has it aches and pains and up and down now, I am sure it gets worse the older you get. The thought of extending tht for another 20 or so years has no appeal to me.

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