Metformin…………..

Would you believe this person is 115 years old?

If you do, then I want to talk to you about some wonderful investment opportunities that I have for you. Of course, he isn’t that old.  But what’s to say that he won’t be the norm for 115 years old in the years to come (Without becoming a Vampire).

This morning on the Today show, they had a segment about a breakthrough new drug, that may extend life, cure the disease of old age( it’s a disease), and keep you healthy for many years into old age. That drug is called Metformin.

Metformin was discovered in 1922. French physician Jean Sterne began to study it in humans in the 1950s. It was introduced as a medication in France in 1957 and the United States in 1995. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Metformin is believed to be the most widely used medication for diabetes which is taken by mouth.  

So what? Here’s what. The only proven way to extend life span right now is calorie restriction. Yup, that’s right, less food. It has been studied extensively for years, and life span is increased when an individual eats less, although you do need to get the essentials from food. Metformin reduces the amount of sugar made by the liver, limits the amount of sugar absorbed into the body from the diet, and makes insulin receptors more sensitive (helping the body respond better to its own insulin). All of these effects cause a decrease in blood sugar levels. So in short, Metformin reduces the amount of calories you absorb, thereby limiting the harm that those calories and sugar do.

On the Today show,  they are saying that Metformin may reduce heart disease, cancer, and other effects of old age. Is this new? Probably to most of you.

I was introduced to Metformin back in 2010 through the Life Extension Foundation. They talked about all the positive health benefits, little side effects, and that if everyone took it, it would greatly ease the burden of health care in the world, but would extend life span without turning into an “old person”.

Trouble was, and they recognized it, that you couldn’t get the drug without a prescription. That’s a problem because most doctors will only prescribe a restricted medicine when there is a documented medical problem. The only way you will be prescribed it is if you have diagnosed Type II Diabetes. Being the health pioneer I consider myself to be, I looked outside the system and found a source to acquire Metformin.

I have been taking 500mg, twice a day, for 6 years now. I have not been diagnosed with Diabetes. No side effects (except for the need to write a blog) that I know of. I definitely feel it’s one of two “secret sauce” medications that I take that help me to feel 30 years younger. (No, it’s not pot).  I’ll talk about the other one in the future. I believe that calorie restriction works, buts it’s a lifestyle I am not prepared to adhere to. Neither is anyone else.

About 2 years ago, I brought the subject up with my doctor. I mentioned that I was taking Metformin on a regular basis, and she asked me why, because I had no indication of Type II Diabetes. I explained the theory behind it all, which she had never heard of, and asked if she would be willing to write me a prescription for the drug. I felt I had a pretty good working relationship with her, and if there were no side effects, and all my testing came back positive, there shouldn’t be a problem. She said no, as she felt there was no reason for me to be taking it. End of that story.

Let me preface this by saying I am not recommending that anyone go out and try it if your doctor doesn’t recommend it. You have to make your own decisions. This is the disclaimer in case you want to sue me later. But what I will tell you, is what I feel it has done for me.

I don’t gain weight. No matter what I eat now, my weight doesn’t fluctuate 5 pounds.

I feel like I did when I was 30. In a lot of ways, I feel better. Seems like back then, I always thought I had some sort of serious medical condition going on (which I didn’t). I am over that. I feel great.

I can still do math.  (OK, I am throwing this in because I am the only one who can help my daughter with her calculus math problems).

I am not depressed. When you don’t feel well, don’t look well, you don’t act well, I think it has an effect on your attitude.  I look forward to every day, every year, and honestly expect to live a long time.

Finally, and this is big for me, I feel I will be there for my kids when they need me. They will suffer enough pain growing up even without the pain of losing a Dad. I am not about to let that happen.

I’m glad the Today show let the secret out. Now maybe it will easier to get a precription from a doctor. Don’t expect things to change overnight. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) is a slow moving bureaucracy Things don’t happen because of a news story. It’s really up to you to see if this is something you should incorporate into your life. I’m not trying to sell the stuff. Research it yourself and you make the decision, not the government.