I find myself always in a hurry to get things done. Oh I, rush and rush, until life’s no fun. All we really have to do is, live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. No words were ever truer, legendary country group, Alabama, but in actuality, I think I know why we’re in a hurry. Because time is short, or yolo, or whatever the new phrase happens to be. Time is always moving, we’re always aging, we’re never as young as we were yesterday, but then maybe, that won’t be a problem anymore.
A drug by the name of Metforman, has been used to treat patients with diabetes and it has a peculiar side effect. It gives our body’s cells, a huge boost of oxygen molecules. As a result, those cells age a little slower, and may help us live a little longer. This may actually be the cliched fountain of youth in pill form. The 150 year lifespan might be upon us. I’m not just talking about adding more years to our calendar, but actually looking good while doing it. It may not be eternal youth, but it could be close enough.
Metforman, though given to humans for treatment, has been tested on non-human subjects to look into it’s powers of longevity. But in 2016, the FDA has given the okay to try the drug out on humans. It’s our first step into transforming our lives into elves, without the point ears, or vampires, without the blood sucking (which almost seems pointless, come to think of it). Or maybe, just maybe, like Aes Sedai from Robert Jordan’s fantasy series, “The Wheel of Time”. Which, in all honesty, you’ll need the extended life just to get through all fourteen, thousand plus page, books. What was once thought to be science fiction and fantasy, may become science fact and…fact-asy.
You do have to ask yourself the philosophical question. Is it worth living longer? I mean, we already have some pretty long lives, especially compared to those in the last several centuries. Just a few decades ago, morning shows lauded the occasional centenarian, but now we celebrate in awe, the less and less uncommon 110 year old. Theoretically, with this drug, we can be that age, but still look 50, as apparently the Metforman, when used on roundworms, did not show the signs of old age. They never slowed down, nor did they develop wrinkles. It’ll be like that awful movie, “In Time”, with Justin Timberlake, where everyone, no matter they aged, looked like a sexy 25 year old.
So we go back to the question, is it worth living longer? Honestly, only you can answer that. So many sociological implications, and uncertainty of whether we should live longer. Personally, for this writer, if I could, I’d live for centuries. There’s so much to do, see, and experience. And in a perfect world, if this drug works, maybe I won’t be the only one.