The world’s first anti-ageing drug will be tested on humans next year in trials which could result in people being able to live healthily well into their 120s.
Scientists now believe it is possible to stop people growing old and consign diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to history.
Although it might seem like science fiction, researchers have already proven that the diabetes drug metformin extends the life of animals, and the Food and Drug Administration in the US has now given the go-ahead for a trial to see if the same effects can be replicated in humans.
If successful it will mean that a person in their 70s would be as biologically healthy as a 50-year-old.
Ageing expert Prof Gordon Lithgow, of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, is one of the study advisers. He said: “If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of ageing as well.
That’s revolutionary. That’s never happened before.