January 23, 2023

Hypertension drug could be repurposed to delay aging, study finds

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2023-01-24 04:00:07

January 23, 2023

by University of Liverpool

Researchers have found that the drug rilmenidine can extend lifespan and slow aging.

Published in Aging Cell, the findings show that animals treated with rilmenidine, currently used to treat hypertension, at young and older ages increases lifespan and improves health markers, mimicking the effects of caloric restriction.

They also demonstrate that the healthspan and lifespan benefits of rilmenidine treatment in the roundworm C. elegans are mediated by the I1-imidazoline receptor nish-1, identifying this receptor as a potential longevity target.

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