Common Diabetes drug Metformin may have even more benefits than meets the eye

I came across this article today and found it of interest as many type 2 diabetics currently take this drug as the first line of medication and if these benefits prove to be true then they’re certainly worth continuing with taking the daily dose it would seem.

A snippet from the article below.

“Could metformin, the most widely used diabetes drug in the world, be useful for fighting a number of health problems?

Early research suggests the decades-old drug can slow cancer, reduce heart disease and maybe even limit the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Now, a new study in mice finds that it can extend life by a number of weeks — the human equivalent of 3-4 years.

It’s far too soon for healthy people to consider taking the drug, researchers say, but the findings are provocative, and suggest science is getting closer to a day when it may be possible to pop a pill to live healthier longer.

Diseases of aging, like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia are all linked along a biological pathway, researchers say. Eating less food appears to trigger that cascade, significantly extending life in animals, probably by slowing down metabolism. Metformin is the third drug shown in early research to affect the same pathway, along with rapamycin, a powerful medication used to prevent rejection of transplanted organs; and resveratrol, a compound found in red wine.”

More on this here


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2 Responses to Common Diabetes drug Metformin may have even more benefits than meets the eye

  1. I remember a study on rats a few years ago which seemed to prove that reducing food intake increased lifespan of the rodents. Metformin reduces appetite in some people – maybe this is how it works. I am always a little suspicious of new claims for old drugs and we often hear new claims made for metformin. I keep meaning to look for studies on the efficacy of metformin -described by my doctor as “cheap and cheerful”. Does anyone know of any interesting studies?

  2. Jan says:

    It’s always interesting to read reviews/articles on how various research is progressing and any new ideas/thoughts that are being suggested, but of course, researchers should always proceed with care and caution.

    All the best Jan

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