This seems like a very promising approach. First dogs, then use the revenue to do clinical trials on humans. I’m holding up pretty well for my age, but I’d really like to set the clock back.

[Update a few minutes later, after reading]

I’d note that one of the “diseases of aging” listed is diabetes. I think it’s pretty clear at this point that this is mostly a problem of poor diet, based on decades of criminally terrible nutrition recommendations, and can largely be reversed by simply going keto. In fact, they’ve found that it can even be an effective treatment for Type 1 (and it was, prior to the development of insulin).

[Thursday-morning update]

New at Analog: Can we reverse aging?

[Via Gary Hudson]


4 thoughts on “Rejuvenation”

  1. (Ahem!)


    Prior to Banting’s discovery of insulin, keto was the *only* treatment available, such as it was. The prognosis, though, was *never* much more than abysmal, since there was no comprehension of the underlying pathology, and thereby no possibility of hypothesizing a workable treatment–just dumb luck, I’m pretty sure, that anyone figured out the keto angle.

    Not saying a ketogenic diet is necessarily a bad thing, just that it was and still is a *long* *long* way from resembling a viable (as in prognosis game-changing) treatment for Type 1 Diabetes.

    From a T1D who passed his 40th diagnosis anniversary on Tuesday of this week, still kicking, and pretty strongly at that! ;-)!

  2. My Mom turned 88 years of age in March, but she’d rather not have any more birthdays. Physically, she’s in reasonably good shape, but her mind is going, and she knows it – and it really pisses her off. She’s in assisted living, one step below Alzheimer’s care, and just wants it to end.

    I just turned 64, and am starting to exhibit some of the same problems. Most of what I have genetically comes from Mom. Every time I talk to her on the phone, that comes home to me very painfully. She was really, really smart, but now can’t remember how old she is. I may not be far behind. However, she would not entertain age reversal. She just wants to go. If I get to her stage, I would volunteer for an illegal clinical trial. Not much to lose at that point.

    BTW, “Until then, he thinks, claims for youth-restoring medicine should be kept on a leash.” was pretty funny.

  3. The reference to diabetes as a disease of aging is talking about mice, not humans. So unless the USDA has been making poor recommendations on mouse chow, I don’t think you can pin this one on them.

    1. Dunno about mice, but there are a lot of things that hamsters aren’t supposed to eat because it gives them diabetes.

      But anyway, yes, I’m hoping something good comes from this that will also be applicable to humans. We’ve found lots of ways to make mice live longer, but they don’t seem to affect humans anywhere near as much.

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