A DRUG that slows the ageing process and prevents cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, could be on sale within five years, scientists claim.
The drug is made up of chemicals that mimic resveratrol, a compound found in the skins of red grapes.
Previous research has shown resveratrol reduces the impact of a high-fat diet, doubles stamina and extends the lifespan of mice.
Sirtris Pharmaceuticals has developed a pill based on two chemicals that act in the same way and the first human clinical trials have begun.
“The excitement here is that we’re not talking about red wine any more. We’re talking about real drugs,” Sirtris co-founder David Sinclair said.
“We will make a drug to treat one disease but it will, as an added bonus, protect you against most of the other diseases of the Western world.”
Sounds good. Sign me up!