Researchers Report Acetaminophen May Be an Anti-Aging Drug

CSL2002Researchers at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia have been studying the effects of acetaminophen, a common pain reliever in the United States, and its link to helping prevent muscle loss due to aging.

Study leader Dr. Eric Blough reports that, "Using a model that closely mimics many of the age-associated physiological changes observed in humans, we were able to demonstrate that chronic acetaminophen treatment in a recommended dosage is not only safe but might be beneficial for the treatment of the muscle dysfunction many people experience as they get older." (Source:

Anti-aging specialists involved with the study examined how acetaminophen plays a role in the regulation of protein kinase B, an enzyme that is responsible for maintaining healthy cell functioning and also plays a role in cellular metabolism. Researchers found that acetaminophen administered to aging animals could help to restore Akt activity that would help improve muscle cell size and reduce the risk of muscle cell death – one of the key signs of aging.

Another study published in the Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews journal in March 2009 reveals that acetaminophen may also be effective at keeping high blood sugar levels under control. As a result, acetaminophen may be an effective anti-aging drug with multiple benefits, and can be used to treat many different types of conditions.

Another anti-aging drug that has been in the news lately is resveratrol, a drug that may have longevity-enhancing benefits. Scientists have been studying the role of reserveratrol and its effects on slowing down the progression of heart disease, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and several other age-related diseases. Research funded in part by the National Institute on Aging has been published in the Nature and Cell journals, and Reserveratrol is now sold in the mainstream market.

The effects and benefits of acetaminophen have yet to be tested in humans, as the initial study was conducted only on mice.

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