First Anti-Aging Drug? Yes, It Might Be Too Good to Be True

Metformin is widely used for the treatment of Type II diabetes, but researchers claim that it could also be used to lengthen lifespan to 120 years! There is new research being conducted to show metformin’s use in anti-aging and delaying the onset of age-related disease, and these initial claims already sound too good to be true.

In a clinical trial called “Targeting Aging with Metformin,” Metformin will be given to thousands who have or are at risk for cancer, heart disease or cognitive impairment over a period of 5 to 7 years. The goal is to see whether the metformin will help slow the progression of additional, age-related diseases, thereby staving off death. If the trial succeeds, researchers will try to convince the FDA that they have proven the drug that can actually delay aging. It would be the first anti-aging drug to hit the market, and could potentially change the way the medical world thinks about aging altogether.

Animal studies (worms and fruit flies) thus far have shown that animals can live healthily up to 40 percent longer when given metformin. If humans are similar, this means that people could potentially live to a whopping 120 in good health! Rather than deteriorating into disease in their 80s, a person could theoretically add another decade or so of disease-free years onto their life by slowing the aging process with metformin. But, even if this turns out to be true, is it worth it?

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence showing that metformin is safe and has plenty of potential benefits. It has been in use for over 60 years. It has been shown to selectively kill cancer stem cells in multiple studies. However, although it is safe, metformin is a drug that must be taken daily and has many potential side effects.

As a person who, at one point, took metformin for an extended period of time, I can attest that these side effects aren’t too fun to deal with day in and out. Personally, I experienced a lot of digestive distress when exercising heavily as well as when consuming fatty foods, and I developed issues when drinking very moderate amounts of alcohol—it made a lot of the fun things in my life just a little bit miserable. I decided I would much prefer to tackle my health issues holistically to increase my wellness and longevity rather than pop a pill with unpleasant side effects — which is what I did. Having diarrhea is fun for no one…

But everyone is different. Metformin has a lot of benefits and may truly help stave off aging and improve the lives of those struggling with health issues. Just beware of ‘miraculous,’ too-good-to-be-true claims. Due your due diligence, keep up on the latest research and keep an open mind. No one pill is the answer to all your problems and fears.

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Paulo R
Paulo R7 months ago

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W. C
W. C10 months ago

Thank you.

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William C
William C10 months ago

Thanks.

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Patty L
Patty Langford10 months ago

interesting. tyfs

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Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson10 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Angela G
Angela Gabout a year ago

maybe

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Rory S.
Rory S3 years ago

This is interesting. Hard to justify the cost of research when we can so cheaply extend the lives of people living in absolute poverty, but still i'd love to live those extra years and I would do more good for people during that time

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

interesting

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Karen K.
Karen K3 years ago

worms and fruit flies? Don't hold your breath!

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