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often at a nearby counter. an ecologist at Utah State University in Logan—who was not involved in the paper—says that the consequence of losing these native ant species will likely be limited to the area where this acacia species is dominant and elephant are abundant, says Lori Lach, a Galo youth who often makes Apong at home,” a woman shopkeeper said with a smile, the cell’s power plants, ? MORE THAN A DECADE AGO Barzilai and others began lobbying FDA to consider drugs that might do just that But those discussions bogged down he says after the sides couldn’t agree on the kinds of biomarkers associated with aging that could be quantified and tracked during a clinical trial Barzilai now believes the answer is to design a drug trial that rather than targeting aging per se tries instead to delay the onset of “comorbidities”: the chronic diseases whose incidence rises sharply as people get older “Basically I think the FDA will be more willing to accept something called ‘comorbidities’ than it is to accept something called ‘aging’” Barzilai says “Even in our mind in my mind aging is not a disease” he adds “It’s you know humanity You’re born you die you age in between … I’m kind of saying ‘I don’t care what they want to call it if I can delay it’” The comorbidity strategy is key to a concept known as the “longevity dividend” first proposed by a group of public policy and health care experts in 2006 The idea is that slowing down the process of aging even modestly would have enormous benefits for quality of life and the economics of health care “We’re not arguing—and we’ve never argued—that we’re trying to achieve life extension” says Olshansky who has pushed the concept while criticizing some of the more outlandish claims in the aging field such as British gerontologist Aubrey de Grey’s prediction that human life spans of 1000 years are possible “We’ll probably live a little longer if we succeed but that’s not the goal” Olshansky says “The goal is the extension of the period of healthy life” Even a modest delay in aging could increase average life expectancy by 22 years compress the period of morbidity at the end of life and save perhaps $71 trillion in health care costs over a period of 50 years Olshansky and colleagues estimated in a 2013 paper in the journal Health Affairs To achieve those benefits “we’ve got to act quickly” he argues “The numbers of people that are frail and disabled [are] rising fairly rapidly and we’re seeing an increase in unhealthy life span” But the FDA drug approval process abides by the “one disease one drug” model Would the agency be open to a trial that had multiple illnesses as an endpoint As an initial step earlier this year Sierra organized seminars at FDA in which NIA researchers described recent findings in the biology of aging In May Robert Temple deputy director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research spoke at an NIA retreat Encouraged by the tenor of these discussions Barzilai and a core group of collaborators—Einstein’s Jill Crandall; Austad; Olshansky; Stephen Kritchevsky at Wake Forest School of Medicine (where the multi-center trial would probably be based); and James Kirkland a diabetes researcher at the Mayo Clinic among others—pushed ahead with plans for the trial The next question was: What would be the best drug to test THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE of possibilities Buoyed by the advances in basic research NIA in 2003 inaugurated a program of animal experiments to test compounds that might alter or slow down the aging process NIA-supported researchers have tested 16 compounds in mice Five have shown a positive effect Sierra says: aspirin acarbose (a widely prescribed diabetes drug) 17-alpha-estradiol (the nonfeminizing form of estrogen) nordihydroguaiaretic acid (an herbal compound derived from the creosote plant) and the immunosuppressive drug rapamycin (used in organ transplant recipients) (Among the compounds that had no impact are fish oil green tea extract curcumin and the much-ballyhooed red wine ingredient resveratrol) Rapamycin was the most impressive “It has advanced to the point in which we not only know it extends life span” Sierra says “but more importantly it extends health span” Metformin the drug the group ultimately decided to take to FDA was not among the compounds that starred in the animal trials But it has both a promising history and a long reassuring track record “It all starts in the Middle Ages” says McGill’s Pollak “There were herbalists in Europe—and independently herbalists in China—who found plant extracts that were useful when people came in complaining of urinating too much” The extracts derived from a perennial herb (Galega officinalis) known variously as goat’s rue French lilac Spanish sainfoin and false indigo “It worked for some people” Pollak says “In retrospect [we know] the people for whom it was working were diabetic” It wasn’t until the late 1800s that chemists isolated the active ingredient in French lilac—a compound known as guanidine But guanidine itself proved too toxic to humans so chemists began to synthesize less toxic analogs known as biguanides including metformin In the 1950s a French physician and pharmacologist named Jean Sterne began to test biguanides in patients with type 2 diabetes at a hospital in Paris “The best one in terms of efficacy was metformin” Pollak says Sterne coined the name glucophage (“glucose eater”) when he published his results in 1957 the same year the drug was approved for use in France Approved in the United Kingdom in 1958 and in Canada in 1972 metformin went on to become the biggest selling diabetes drug in the world However US regulators didn’t approve it until 1994 (FDA requested additional studies Barzilai drily notes “to see if metformin works in the same way as in the United Kingdom because we are so different here”) By now companies churn out an estimated 37000 metric tons of the compound annually most of it in shlf1314 Hints that metformin might also prevent diseases associated with aging began to emerge over the past several decades In a 1998 report by the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study Group metformin use not only reduced the risk of all diabetes-related complications (including death) by 32% but also significantly lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke A randomized placebo-controlled trial called the Diabetes Prevention Program showed similar effects cutting the onset of type 2 diabetes by 31% in a middle-aged population at high risk of developing the disease Epidemiological studies have also suggested that metformin reduces cancer risk and mortality and preserves cognitive function And in a big-data study that although observational got the attention of many aging researchers British researchers reported late last year that in a retrospective analysis of 78000 adult type 2 diabetics in their 60s those who took metformin on average lived longer than healthy age-matched controls None of these studies proves that metformin will delay the onset of age-associated diseases and scientists haven’t identified an exact mechanism by which the drug might work But it appears to act on some of the same molecular pathways identified by basic aging research Besides its effects on blood glucose metformin affects multiple pathways involved in growth inflammation and metabolism (see graphic p 1276)? 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