World's first anti-ageing drug could extend human life up to 120

Published: December 1, 2015
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The drug will also make diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson history along with increasing human's life span. PHOTO: ASIANJOURNAL

The drug will also make diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson history along with increasing human's life span. PHOTO: ASIANJOURNAL

The world’s first anti-ageing drug which may stop people growing old quickly and help them live in good health well beyond their 110s and 120s will be tested on humans in 2016, scientists say.

The Food and Drug Administration in the US has given the go ahead for a trial to see if the drug metformin, a common drug for diabetes, can be replicated in humans. The diabetes drug metformin has been tested on animals and proven to extend their life.

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“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 Scottish ageing expert Professor Gordon Lithgow who is associated with Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California.

“That’s revolutionary. That’s never happened before,” he added.

Further, Lithgow said, “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 thought inconceivable.”

But he added that there is every reason to believe it’s possible. “The future is taking the biology that we’ve now developed and applying it to humans. Twenty years ago ageing was a biological mystery. Now we are starting to understand what is going on,” he upheld.

Scientists also revealed that ageing is not an inevitable part of life since all cells have a DNA blueprint that could keep the body working for good. Also, some marines’ creatures do not age at all. However, during our life span, billions of cells get divided to keep the life functioning, consequently creating errors and bringing us closer to death.

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Describing the ageing process and the ways to control it, Dr Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois Chicago said, “If we can slow ageing in humans, even by just a little bit it would be monumental. People could be older, and feel young.”

“Enough advancements in ageing science have been made to lead us to believe it’s plausible, it’s possible, it’s been done for other species and there is every reason to believe it could be done in us.

“This would be the most important medical intervention in the modern era, an ability to slow ageing,” he added.

Today, a new born baby girl is expected to have a life span of some 82.8 years and a new born baby boy a life span of 78.8 years. However, this span could increase by 50% if scientists are able to reproduce the drug results in humans as well.

The article originally appeared on The Telegraph.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Marl Brando
    Dec 1, 2015 - 4:37PM

    I think 70-80 years of life is a good enough lifespan. Just a personal opinion.Recommend

  • Prada
    Dec 1, 2015 - 4:38PM

    Science will make mankind live for hundreds of years. I hope I will live long enough to see a world with lots of humanity and NO religions.Recommend

  • MAYbe
    Dec 1, 2015 - 5:23PM

    @Prada:
    and then after living all that life die one day eventually to realize quite a few things afterwards, that your existence wasn`t purposeless or more scientifically put a mistake Recommend

  • Jacob
    Dec 1, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Some day, humans will become immortal and thus gods themselves.Recommend

  • YA
    Dec 1, 2015 - 9:30PM

    @MAYbe: you will realize that there is nothing to realize after you dieRecommend

  • curious2
    Dec 1, 2015 - 10:29PM

    Interesting article. I wonder if anyone has contemplated the social consequences of longer life? What’s the impact on economies when using the std retirement age people draw benefits for 50+ years? What’s the impact on the work force/unemployment/taxes – health industry – etc. Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Dec 1, 2015 - 10:53PM

    i want to live long enough to see who will be next pm in bhutto family, and how imran khan reacts after losing 10 times in election.

    a serious note apart: would be good idea to visit mars or at least watch it Terraformed into 2nd earth.

    Recommend

  • lekan gunner
    Dec 1, 2015 - 11:11PM

    What’s the importance of living up to such a long age if the planet is getting out of hand.
    We really need to slow down or stop the planet destruction.
    scientist should start putting business perspective and write to corporation the negative impact the planet is receiving.Recommend

  • adnan tahir
    Dec 1, 2015 - 11:15PM

    @MAYbe:
    let see , But God Know well about our lives
    Recommend

  • adnan tahir
    Dec 1, 2015 - 11:16PM

    God Know better . who much we have lives …Recommend

  • CharlieChapatti
    Dec 2, 2015 - 12:55AM

    @MAYbe
    After living your life and finally dying, you realise nothing.

    You ded!Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 2, 2015 - 7:21AM

    If someone will live for say 110 years what pleasure he will get when seeing his next three generations dying before him.Recommend

  • ASAD Ghulam
    Dec 2, 2015 - 9:46AM

    Appreciate..but i think the Doctors should focus more on Cheap solutions for Human common diseases, so that the poors can also be saved and cured ASAP.. Recommend

  • abc
    Dec 2, 2015 - 1:26PM

    @CharlieChapatti:
    @YA:
    for some ignorant fools that’s the way to go about it so speak for yourselves. Life surely has a purpose our existence is not worthless. If you want to think like that you are welcome, but you are both wrong and delusional. Recommend

  • Dec 2, 2015 - 3:41PM

    As per my personal conception; no matter how long you live, matter how long you serve your country & humanity, which is count in a Haqooqul Ebad. Recommend

  • ifti
    Dec 2, 2015 - 10:52PM

    Yes…I will be possible in near future but social Implications will be there….Recommend

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