According to the 2013-2018 Edition of "Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine" published by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, there are 10 nutrients and drugs that can extend your life when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. We all have genetic and environmental factors that determine longevity, and there are things we can do to enhance or overcome those factors. As with any medication, vitamin or supplement, you should consult your own physician to see if the following are right for you!
1) Metformin- a medication derived from the French lilac. Most commonly prescribed for diabetes, metformin also reduces cancer incidence, lowers insulin levels, and treats PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). There are studies showing decreased incidence of cardiovascular deaths, probably due to decreased LDL and triglycerides (bad lipids). Metformin increases the body's repair mechanisms as well.
2) Statins- this class of medications which includes Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol, inhibit cholesterol synthesis and are potent anti-inflammatories. This is the most commonly prescribed drug class for people with elevated lipid profiles. In Alzheimer's patients, increased cholesterol is associated with increased amyloid plaques in the brain, characteristic of Alzheimer's Disease. Statins also promote DNA repair, can help prevent first heart attacks, decrease the risk of blood clots and decrease the risk of breast and prostate cancer. As these medications can cause muscle aches and fatigue, CoQ-10 is often prescribed along with them.
3) CoQ-10- a fat soluble vitamin found in high levels in the kidneys, heart, pancreas and liver. It is a potent antioxidant, and has been shown beneficial in treating congestive heart failure, diabetes, periodontal disease, high blood pressure, and increasing cancer survival. In Alzheimer's patients it increases their cognitive function, while in Parkinson's patients it slows their decline and lessens their disability. CoQ-10 can have drug interactions with chemotherapy agents, blood pressure medications and blood thinners. So even though CoQ-10 may be purchased at your local pharmacy, please do not start it without first checking with your doctor.