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The drug that could help you live for 120 years

Could the dream be real? Could there really be a drug that makes you live longer?

The US Food and Drug Administration have given the green light for human testing on the world’s first anti-aging drug. The Telegraph has reported that scientists believe that the very affordable medication metformin could slow the aging process. People could potentially live to be 120 years old!

Metformin is typically used in patients diagnosed with diabetes.

Testing on animals has been conducted, and it's possible that an individual in his or her 70's could possess the health of someone 20 years younger, if the same effect takes place in humans. It is also suggested that age-related diseases such as cancer and dementia could be avoided completely.

Previous studies found that metformin allowed worms and mice to age slower and maintain good health for longer periods. Mice often experienced 40% increase in lifespans.

Set to take place next winter, clinical trials will include approximately 3,000 people, aged 70 to 80, who either have or are at risk of developing cancer, dementia or heart disease.

If you target an [aging] process and you slow down [aging] then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of [aging] as well. That’s revolutionary… Twenty years ago [aging] was a biological mystery. Now we are starting to understand what is going on.

We know that it is possible for handfuls of people to live to very old age and still be physically and socially active, so clearly they carry some kind of protection in their bodies. They are essentially not [aging] as quickly. If we can harness that, then everyone can achieve those lifespans.

- Professor Gordon Lithgow of California’s Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

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