Metformin has numerous anti-aging benefits, and is considered an “off-label”medication.
When it comes to doctors prescribing medications, you may have heard the term “off label.” It is a term that can cause a lot of confusion among consumers.
Let me tell you that there is nothing unsafe, or illegal about the practice of a doctor prescribing an “off label” use of a drug.
It is through such practices, that we often discover wonderful and amazing new uses for a drug, that are sometimes even better than what it was originally approved for by the FDA!
In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, about 1 in every 5 prescriptions written for common medications are for an off-label use.
Current Uses of Metformin
Metformin was originally developed and approved to treat Type 2 diabetes. Metformin has been used to successfully treat diabetes, but it is unlike any other diabetes medication.
Metformin works on the cellular level. We know that as a treatment for diabetes it inhibits your liver’s production of glucose.
Metformin also seems to make your cells more sensitive to the insulin that is released by your pancreas. That has the effect of improving your body’s ability to metabolize glucose.
These two actions together can reduce your blood glucose level, and can control diabetes. That same effect has prompted forward thinking doctors to see how Metformin can also be beneficial in a number of other ways – primarily in the areas of weight control.
Metformin has been prescribed and used successfully to control “drug induced weight gain” and “insulin resistance obesity.”
Metformin has also been prescribed for the treatment of a condition that strikes women, known as polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles, low fertility, increased production of male hormones, and obesity. Women with PCOS are also insulin resistant, which largely accounts for those last two symptoms.
Taking Metformin, increases insulin metabolism, which reduces the production of male hormones, and helps bring women with PCOS back into hormonal balance.
Anti-Aging With Metformin
The other intriguing property of Metformin is that it also increases your cells’ ability to take up oxygen. In this way Metformin acts like a super-antioxidant, keeping your cells younger and healthier. This has positioned Metformin as a drug that could potentially slow aging!
In clinical trials it has extended the lives of roundworms, and the FDA has recently given the green light to test Metformin as the first anti-aging drug for humans!
This is the first time that the FDA has approved a human trial for a drug that could potentially increase lifespan.
This is great news, but for my colleagues and I that have been successfully using Metformin “off label” for years, we say, “It’s about time!”
Those same properties that have influenced our decision to prescribe Metformin as an effective treatment for insulin resistance and to aid in weight loss, are what may prove that Metformin can increase your lifespan to 120 years old, or more!
If Metformin does have the same impact on human cells, as it has proven to have on animals, it will have groundbreaking implications for medicine. This single intriguing drug may one day do for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, even aging itself, what it has done for diabetes!
However, you do not have to wait for that day. Here at HealthGAINS in our concierge age management practices in Aventura and Miami Beach, we are helping people right now, live better, healthier lives with Metformin.
Have you or anyone you know tried any “anti-aging treatments? What were the results?
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