freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Diabetes pill has anti-ageing effects and extends life

Published on 31/07/2013

A pill used to help with diabetes has anti-ageing effects and can make mice live for longer, according to a new study.


The drug extended the life of mice

The drug metformin, which is prescribed for type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, can mimic the outcome of an extremely low calorific diet.

This diet regime is believed to encourage the healthy ageing of the body, whether this could be replicated in humans as well as mice remains unclear.

The study was published in the journal Nature Communications and was led by Rafael de Cabo of the national Institute on Ageing in Baltimore in the US.

According the World Health Organization (WHO) the average life expectancy for people in the UK is 80 years of age.

His team applied two different doses to male mice approaching old age and discovered that lower doses of the drug increased the average lifespan by 5% and delayed the development of age-related diseases.

However the higher of the two doses was found to be toxic and reduced the average lifespan of the mice. Metformin has been found to prolong the life of basic life forms such as worms but previous studies on mammals and insects produced different results.

Dr de Cabo believes that further clinical studies were needed to judge whether the results found in mice could have an effect on human health and lifespan.

Dr de Cabo, speaking to BBC news, said: “"These are very promising results that need to be translated to humans via clinical studies.

"Right now the best that we can say is probably what your grandmother told you.

"Eating a good diet and exercising are the only two things that we know for sure that they work very well in humans."

Protect your loved ones when you are gone and prepare for the unexpected with a life insurance policy tailored to your budget and needs.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2013


Categories:  Life InsuranceHealth InsuranceHealthMedical
Diabetes pill has anti-ageing effects and extends lifeA pill used to help with diabetes has anti-ageing effects and can make mice live for longer, according to a new study. The drug extended t    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile
 

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member

Friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble even when i needed to make a small change, excellent service.

Review centre member

The advisor was incredibly helpful and fully explained the differences between the policies. I really liked the fact that I was put under no pressure.

Review centre member
 
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...