A Popular Diabetes Drug Found to Have Anti-Ageing Properties, Says a New Study
Published By : 05 Jun 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
In a research conducted on tiny roundworms of the Caenorhabditis elegans species by a group of doctoral researchers from Belgium, evidences were found suggesting that a diabetic medicine, metformin, could help in slowing down the process of ageing.
The extremely short lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans of only three weeks makes these roundworms an excellent model for researchers to understand ageing. As they age, they start getting more and more immobile and all wrinkled up.
When these worms were treated with metformin solution, the worms showed no wrinkling and a very limited size loss. Not only this, the worms also stayed healthier for a longer time.
This directly entails one thing for sure – metformin can slow down ageing.
But does this implication directly fit humans? Researchers are yet to find that out. But it seems a promising foundation for future research for sure.
Metformin is a popular medicine for type-2 diabetes. Other than being a drug for controlling blood sugar, it is also found as being an antioxidant, which could be the reason behind its anti-ageing effects. Earlier tests have shown that metformin also helps in treating medical issues such as ovarian syndrome, cellular immunity and even cardiovascular diseases. In fact, this medicine has also been found effective in slowing rate of ageing in mice models by National Institute on Ageing.
The study is published in the journal National Academy of Sciences.