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DIABETES DRUG MAY INCREASE LIFE SPAN




A drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes may delay the effects of aging and increase life span, a new study in animals suggests. Mice that were fed the drug, called metformin lived about 5 percent longer than those that were not fed the drug. The treated mice lived 160 weeks, while those not taking the drug lived about 150 weeks. Mice on metformin were also more likely to be physically fit in their old age, and less likely to develop cataracts than those not on the drug.


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