FDA approves diabetes drug for anti-aging human testing

Researchers from Cardiff University claim to have evidence the popular diabetes drug Metformin extends the life of animals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved those researchers' human trials of Metformin to begin in 2016. According to their post on, the group is searching for 3,000 adults over the age of 60.

Dr. Lou Haenel in an endocrinologist at Roper St. Francis and has been prescribing metformin to his diabetic patients for 20 years. "I'm in intrigued to hear they're going to use it as an anti-aging agent for all the good value that it has in my metabolic world," said Dr. Haenel.

Haenel's not surprised researchers are looking for another benefit metformin may provide but says dementia and Alzheimer's increases could point to our bodies outliving brains. "Our minds are not able to keep up with the duration were allowing our bodies to live so I think we have to look at all this… On a quality-of-life issue" said Dr. Haenel, "we'll keep our fingers crossed."

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