"Imagine taking a pill that could extend your lifespan. This plotline exists in the pages of science fiction novels, but a class of drug that supports healthy aging, known as a senolytic drug, is currently being tested, and if proven safe, could do more than add years to your life. A new study which showed the drugs prevented age-related bone loss in mice has important implications in treating a host of other diseases related to aging, researchers said.
Cells constantly divide, a process that allows us to grow and heal, but as we age, some cells stop dividing and become âsenescent.â These cells also emit toxins that contribute to a number of health conditions such as cancer, dementia, and arthritis. The older we are, the more of these senescent cells we accumulate. Enter senolytic drugs.
These drugs are designed to clear away senescent cells while leaving adjacent cells unharmed. According to the research, published online in Nature Medicine, these drugs supported healthy aging in mice and prevented bone loss. Considering that clearing senescent cells improves cardiovascular function and reduces frailty and other issues, this treatment could have important implications for treating not only osteoporosis, but other age-related problems, the authors wrote."
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