A study by Belgian researcher Wouter De Haes and his colleagues from the University of Leuven provides new evidence that metformin, the world’s most widely used anti-diabetic drug, slows aging and increases lifespan.
The drug slows down the aging process by mimicking the effects of dieting. It increases cell robustness, extends their healthy lifespan and longevity in the long term.
Metformin has been used in the treatment of type II diabetes for the past 40 years. This drug counteracts many of the underlying factors that result in the manifestation of the disease. It also produces helpful side benefits that can protect against the lethal complications of type II diabetes.
Metformin is currently one of the most widely prescribed drugs and new findings should help to inform how it is used in patients. Other studies in humans have shown that metformin suppresses some cancers and heart disease.Metformin could even be an effective drug for counteracting the general effects of aging, say the researchers.