Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –
I am a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is passionate about helping you live well mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Aging is not considered a disease by the CDC, Federal Government or the FDA. However, there are a lot of problems associated with aging that need to be fixed. I see the symptoms of age in my clinical practice every day – joint inflammation and stiffness, loss of bone mass, chronic pain and inflammation, and more. I am always looking for new ways to better serve my patients who are suffering from age-related conditions, and want to share such an option with you today.
Slow Down DNA Degradation
Metformin is drug that is usually prescribed for diabetes; however, it is finding new life as a way to combat the ravages of aging.
Metformin is in a class of medications called ‘M-Tor inhibitors’. This basically means that it helps to stop the degradation of DNA over time. This reduces chromosomal abnormalities and has the potential to help people age better, and with less pain.
This drug modulates a cell protein important for division and growth. Essentially, metformin, when dosed correctly, can be protective and reduce DNA malformations. Research is still ongoing about metformin being used in this circumstance, but so far, it has been promising.
By using metformin, we can mimic the effects of intermittent fasting on the cells. Many studies have shown that periodic fasting, under the supervision and guidance of a doctor, can prolong a healthy, functional life and promote overall health. Since metformin mimics the effects intermittent fasting has on your body, it is highly protective of the cell’s integrity and youthfulness.
Potentially, aging patients may be able to use metformin to mimic the effects of intermittent fasting. This is especially helpful for aging patients who are unable to fast due to other conditions or dietary requirements. Used alongside other anti-aging solutions, supplements, and more, metformin could be a powerful adjunct medication with the potential to slow down the damaging effects that aging has on cellular degradation. This theory is being tested with a human trial.
Alter Your Genes – For The Better
In addition to mimicking the effects of intermittent fasting, metformin could alter gene expression as well. Epigenetics – what determines your cell’s specialization, their use, and more – could also be altered for the better with metformin. DNA can be changed with poor diet, bad lifestyle, environmental toxins and stress. This process is called methylation – essentially, the scarring of the DNA that accumulates and occurs with age and other outside stimuli.
Harnessing the power of epigenetics can potentially change methylation patterns for the better, such as slowing down aging or adapting the body’s inflammation response.
As the medical community finds ways to combat the symptoms of aging, creative and exciting options have revealed themselves through research. The Well Theory team and I are dedicated to finding new and alternative ways for you to live a more vibrant life with less pain as you age.
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