Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Fountain of Youth in a Pill

Source: (NYTimes.com)

Imagine a 'magic pill' that could make us live longer. Thanks to a new discovery out of Massachusetts, we may now be closer than ever to creating a drug that could free us of the negative effects of aging such as degenerative diseases and other negative health complications.


The idea is based on the beneficial effects of a calorie-restricted diet, without the burden of actually having to restrict one's calories. Researchers have come up with a number of candidate drugs that may replicate the same biochemical pathways that are triggered with calorie-restriction.


When mice are placed on a calorie-restricted diet, with approximately 30% fewer calories than a normal diet but still healthy and nutritious, they live markedly longer than their 'normal diet' counterparts. They are also healthier on the whole and suffer from fewer diseases associated with the ageing process.


Read the full article "Tests Begin on Drugs That May Slow Aging" at NYTimes.com, August 17, 2009.

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