Impressive Results

The drug combination began clearing out senescent cells within just 30 minutes and within 24 hours all the cells were gone.
The drug combination began clearing out senescent cells within just 30 minutes and within 24 hours all the cells were gone.

A drug to fight aging may finally be on the horizon after the first trials in humans showed “impressive” results.

For many years, scientists have known that an accumulation of senescent cells in the body is linked to aging symptoms such as frailty and arthritis, as well as diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Senescent cells – also known as zombie cells – are not completely dead, so are not cleared out by the body, but are too damaged to repair tissue or carry out normal functions. Unable to repair itself or clear out the waste, the body gradually deteriorates.

Previously animal studies have shown that removing these cells reverses the aging process, extends lifespan, and restores lost youth.

Now, for the first time, scientists in the U.S. have shown improvements in humans using a drug that sweeps away the defunct cells. Although the initial three-week trial on 14 pensioners was only designed to show the drug was safe, the participants were able to walk faster, get up from a chair more quickly and scored better in ability tests.

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