Ibuprofen, the key ingredient in the over-the-counter drugs Motrin, Advil and many others, is a very popular pain reliever. New research indicates that it may have another very useful benefit – lengthening lives!

Now before you reach for the medicine cabinet or run down to the local drug store expecting to live to 100, understand the research is in its very early stages, and was conducted on worms and fruit flies.

The study, published in the journal PLOS Genetics gave the flies and worms doses of ibuprofen relative to a human dose for typical aches, pains, or muscle soreness.

The researchers found that all species of worms and flies in the study lived about 15% longer than those that were not treated.

The scientists also noted the treated group appeared to be “healthier overall” than the untreated group.

This study follows-up on studies that found similar results in yeast. This group, led by Brian Kennedy, PhD, the CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, wanted to see if the same results would apply in high organisms.

As to why ibuprofen seems to slow cellular aging, Kennedy said, “Ibuprofen slows the transport of amino acids,[into the cells] and the protein synthesis slows down. Slower protein synthesis equals slower aging — which equates to increased longevity across all the species. After yeast, the same bump was shown in fruit flies and worms.”

There is also a current school of thought that believes all aging and disease originates with inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of ibuprofen may also be a contributing factor.

While the results of these studies are intriguing, Kennedy is quick to point out that a lot of research remains to be done to determine if the drug has a similar effect in humans. However it is a promising avenue of research into an “anti-aging drug.”

Age Optimization

While a true “anti-aging” drug may still be many years away, there are tools and techniques we have available, right now, that can help you to age optimally. First off, before you look for a miracle or magic pills, did you know that there is no more effective, practical, or scientifically proven method of adding years to your life than simply reducing the amount you eat!

Restricting the number of ingested calories has increased the lifespan of some lab animals by as much as 100 percent!

Beyond caloric reduction and lifestyle modification, other specific age optimization techniques I use in my practice include:

How Long Could We Live?

live longer signRight now the average life expectancy in the U.S. is around 78 years. That represents a significant increase since 1900, when it was only around 45 years old. But are these dramatic increases in life expectancy the best that we can do?

We have modern medicines and breakthroughs in science to thank for much of this increase in lifespan. In universities and research centers throughout the world, research continues into unlocking the secrets of aging. I am confident that incredible advances are coming. We may very well see in the not too distant future, medical treatments that could slow, stop or even reverse the aging process, allowing us to remain healthy, strong, and productive well beyond the age of 100 or more.

A recent issue of National Geographic pictured a newborn baby on the cover with the headline, “This Baby Will Live To Be 120.”

I cannot promise you that you will live to 120, but I can guarantee you this, if you reduce the amount of calories you eat, give up life-shortening behaviors such as smoking, and excessive consumption of alcohol, and see your doctor about some other age-management techniques, you will add more years to your life, and more life to your years.

Would you like to live forever if you could? What would you do with the extra time?

Have you tried any age optimization techniques or treatments, what were the results?

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