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Two drugs could help us live beyond 100 years

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – How long would you want to live — a hundred, maybe 110 years, or even older?

Two drugs used to treat blood cancer show promise for a possible Fountain of Youth. Susannah Benady with Maclean’s magazine has done some research and says they are the first medications found to actually reverse some of the effects of aging.

“If we could solve the problem of aging — that is, our cells going bad because of environmental factors and, to some extent, because they’re also programmed to self destruct — then we could live longer healthier lives,” she explains.

It is the aging of cells that causes us to develop most diseases. Benady says no one is making claims of an actual Fountain of Youth yet, but the drugs could one day help us stay far healthier to 100 years old and beyond.

So, would you get this treatment? “If I did get sick, in the future, I definitely see myself trying to get this kind of treatment. But it seems like 100 years is a long time to live,” says one young woman.

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