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Can taking metformin help me live longer?

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
There's one intriguing fact about metformin: it may increase longevity. Some of you may know that severe calorie restriction, sometimes referred to as a "starvation diet," extends the life expectancy of almost all animals. Severe calorie restriction increases the function of a cell protein called AMP kinase, which in turn improves cell survival. Metformin has the same effect on AMP kinase. Studies have shown that mice treated with metformin live longer than those that are not given the medicine. This is research to watch for in the future.
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