Would you take the anti-aging pill in order to live to 110 or 120 years old?
Researchers and scientists now believe there is a possibility in stopping people growing old quickly and help human to live to 120s in good health.
The candidate for this anti-aging drug is metformin, a diabetes drug which is widely used. Metformin helps to increase the number of oxygen molecules released into a cell, which can boost longevity and strength.
Belgian researchers and scientists have conducted an experiment of metformin on the tiny roundworm C.elegans. The result was the worm not only aged slower, but they also stayed healthier and lived longer. They even did not develop wrinkles and slow down. Another experiment is in mice treated with metformin, they also increased their lifespan nearly 40 percent and their bones were stronger at the same time.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US allow giving a trial to see if the same effects can be replicated in humans. This winter of 2016, the world’s first anti-aging medicine will be tested on humans to see its effects on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson. Researchers and scientists from various institutions are raising funds and selecting about 3000 persons from 70 to 80 years old who have or are in risk of several diseases like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s … diseases that are related to old age. They are hoping that this drug will slow down the aging process as well as stop these diseases.
Dr. Jay Olshasky, University of Illinois-Chicago said: “If we can slow aging in humans, even by just a little bit it would be monumental. People could be older and feel young”. If this drug is tested successfully then people who are in their 70s can have the biological appearance and health as in their 50s.
Aging is not an avoidable part of life. Because all cells contain a DNA blueprint which could keep the body run correctly forever. Some marine creatures do not age at all. However, there are billions of cell divisions in a lifetime of a human body in order to keep the body functioning correctly and the more cells divide the more potential errors occur in this process. As time goes by, the cells problem grows, the body can no longer repair itself. This is why some diseases associated with aging occur.
This experiment opens a bright future for a human being, especially the elders. “This would be the most important medical intervention in the modern era, an ability to slow aging,” said Dr. Jay.