T cells play an essential role in our immune system response. Without T cells, we could not survive as they are responsible for keeping our body functioning, and they have these highly sensitive receptors that can detect pathogens.
The thymus gland is quite large in infants, relative to their body size, and continues to grow all the way through puberty, but once puberty is over, it atrophy’s, slowly shrinking away into nothing.
By age 60, the thymus gland is completely out of commission, and as a result, your body does not produce any new T cells. This is the primary cause of the deterioration of the immune system in the elderly.
The thymus gland, and the rate at which it deteriorates, is essentially a literal biological clock slowly ticking away.
In an attempt to buy more sand for our hourglass, scientists in California tested a series of drugs with the intention of regenerating the thymus gland.
Volunteers were given a “cocktail” of three substances, the first a growth hormone as evidence from a previous animal study had shown that growth hormone stimulates regeneration of the thymus. Unfortunately, that hormone has also been linked to the development of diabetes, so the trial also included two popular and widely used anti-diabetic drugs, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and metformin.
The study‘s goal was to see if this combination of medications could produce a more direct and measurable improvement in stalling or reversing thymus gland deterioration.
At the end of the year-long study, they found that participants had lost an average of 2.5 years on their “epigenetic clock,” measured by analyzing marks on a person’s genome. Participants’ immune systems also showed some impressive signs of rejuvenation.
While on this specific drug cocktail for one year, they effectively aged backward by two and a half years. The results of the study were a surprise even to its organizers of the study, who cautioned us all that many more studies would be needed before any final conclusions being made.
Notably, given the age of the participants (all in their late 60s, early 70s), it wasn’t easy to ascertain whether they had physically de-aged at all in appearance.
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Final Thoughts On The Quest To Reverse Aging
More studies are needed regarding this ‘cocktail’ shown to reverse aging before any final conclusion can be drawn. Still, in theory, if the thymus gland were not to deteriorate, your body would continue to function at its peak immunity level.
While this may not end up being a genuine “fountain of youth,” leading to us all having the ability to reverse aging just by taking a few pills it may at least mean that your later years would be much more comfortable with you having less risk of sickness and injury than the elderly do now.
Between the promising results of this medication cocktail, the Hyperbaric Oxygen study done in Tel Aviv and studies we went over last year regarding slowing and reversing the aging process it seems like every year there is a new study ready bring us all close to realizing the dream of Ponce De Leon.
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