New Drug May Help Slow Down Aging Process

CB008328Many and women head to the plastic surgeon’s office to get rid of wrinkles, tighten up loose skin and defy the aging process, but there may soon be another option.

According to results of a research study published by Randy Strong, PhD of the Aging Interventions Testing Center in San Antonio, a drug that was found in the soil of Easter Island in the South Pacific may be effective at slowing down the aging process.

Rapamycin has extended the life expectancy of middle-aged mice used to conduct the research by as much as 38%, and researchers believe that the drug may not only slow down the development of wrinkles and other signs of aging, but can also lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer in humans. Rapamycin may be effective at postponing death from cancer, and slowing down several ageing processes that are linked to cell metabolism. According to a recent article in, rapamycin has immunosuppressant properties and is also being studied as a potential anticancer drug. Still, experts say it is too soon to believe that  this drug can and will have a positive effect on humans.

The Aging Interventions Testing Center is funded by the National Institute of Aging, and the drug is the first to have shown a significant increase in life span in both male and female mice. The drug was delivered in a time-release formula that allowed for better absorption in the bloodstream. In the future, the drug may be combined with other drugs and medications in order to achieve desired results.

While more research and tests are required to determine if similar effects can be achieved in humans, researchers can now count on data that shows new molecular pathways for other drugs that may be effective in improving overall health and slowing down the ageing process.

Further Reading

  • Reducing the signs of aging with facial treatments such as microdermabrasion and dermal fillers can provide temporary results, but innovative procedures such as Fraxel C02 Laser Treatment show more promise for those who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles for the long-term.

  • One of the secrets to Jennifer Lopez’s youthful looks is her heart-shaped face. Jennifer’s plump, lifted cheeks help her retain a very youthful appearance and this feature has been deemed the cornerstone of a younger-looking face. As we get older, the fat in our cheeks tends to disappear and this area can even appear hollowed out. Plastic surgeons recommend facial fillers to restore the lost volume in the cheeks or even fat grafting if you want a more permanent solution.

  • While Kim Kardashian has been very public about staying away from plastic surgery procedures, her mother Kris Jenner has become a well-known celebrity plastic surgery addict. Kim K.’s boyfriend Kanye West has been pleading wit Jenner to stop having plastic surgery because he fears that she will end up dead like his own mother Donda West. Donda died tragically at the age of 58 after undergoing a tummy tuck, breast reduction, and liposuction procedure. A close source reveals that, “That loss crushed Kanye”. Since Kanye’s become very close to Kris, he may be feeling that he doesn’t want to lose a second mom to a plastic surgery death.