“Silicon Valley’s newfound urge to postpone aging indefinitely is an attempt by the super wealthy to extend their own lives.”

The plan is to extend life by decades using a cheap pill

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Sun, Aug 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While Niz Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, is not promising immortality, he believes that a 5 cent pill made of a slightly modified compound found in the plant Galega officinalis could slow down ageing and reduce the suffering caused by end-of-life illnesses. If approved by the FDA, it may cause a cascade effect of pharmaceutical companies producing new and better drugs to extend human life.

The true promise of antiaging drugs, Barzilai and his colleagues came to think, wasn’t immortality. The ideal drug might not even extend life for all that long. Instead, it would extend what Barzilai and his colleagues call our health span—the years of healthy, disease-free living before the diseases of aging set in. S. Jay Olshansky, a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is advising a small team of researchers who are working with Barzilai on a new study of metformin’s antiaging properties. He believes that even a modest slowing of the aging process—and the subsequent extension of health span—would have a greater impact on health and quality of life than a cure for cancer. The upshot: a multitrillion-dollar economic benefit in the decades ahead.

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