Ibuprofen Could Add Years To Your Life, Study Finds

Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the key to a longer, healthier life, according to a study conducted by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The study, published in the December edition of PLoS Genetics, found that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies.

“There is a lot to be excited about,” said Brian Kennedy, CEO of the Buck Institute, in a press release. He said that the doses — comparable to what is taken by humans — extended lifespans an average of 15 percent in the model organisms. Chong He, a postdoctoral fellow at the Buck Institute and lead author on the paper, said the extended lifespan in the model organisms would be the equivalent to another dozen or so years of healthy living in humans.

“Not only did all the species live longer, but the treated flies and worms appeared more healthy,” Kennedy said. “The research shows that ibuprofen impacts a process not yet implicated in aging, giving us a new way to study and understand the aging process.” Kennedy said the study opens the door for a new exploration of —> Read More Here

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