weekly blog--one for the ages
Delaying disease and prolonging health: here's one good reason to do so!
We start at the frontline of research where dozens of studies with mice have shown that many diseases and disabilities of aging can be delayed. Drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration such as Rapamycin and Metformin have shown exceptional promise at delaying disease and prolonging health. Rapamycin is currently given to kidney transplant patients to help prevent rejection of their transplant and is also used in some cancer chemotherapy regimens, while Metformin has been taken by millions of Type 2 diabetics for six decades.
And then there is the politics of aging. The best-known, most talked-about potential presidential candidates are Bernie Sanders, 77; Joe Biden, 75; and Elizabeth Warren, 69. Dianne Feinstein is 85; Nancy Pelosi is 78. Her two deputy leaders are 78 and 79. If the Democrats take control in 2019, the head of the Financial Services Committee would presumably be the current ranking member, Maxine Waters, age 80.
Today the average American is 20 years younger than their representative in Congress. In 1981, the average age of a Representative was 49 and the average of a Senator was 53. Today, the average age of a Representative is 57 and the average of a Senator is 61. 18 of the 33 Senators running for reelection in 2018 will be 65 or older. 21 of the 33 Senators running for reelection in 2020 will be 65 or older.
Pass the Rapamycin and Metformin, please.