Can this diabetes drug really slow aging, curb weight gain, reduce dementia? What’s behind the Metformin craze?

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Is an ancient compound the new “wonder drug”? Metformin, a common medication to control diabetes, has become the controversial darling of tech’s health-conscious digerati who are enticed by preliminary research suggesting it might help promote longevity, reduce dementia and prevent a whole host of other conditions – including, most recently, long COVID. With origins that date back to Medieval Europe, metformin has been used for decades as a powerful tool to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. In those patients, it also offers cardiovascular benefits and weight loss. Now, it is increasin…

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