By increasing a hunger hormone in mice, researchers found that they aged slower. The researchers increased the levels of a hunger hormone known as gherlin by giving the mice rikkunshito, which is a Japanese medicine. Two mice that had their lifespans shortened as well as one mouse that had a normal lifespan lived longer after being given the rikkunshito.

 

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Hunger Hormone Slows Aging in Mice

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The authors gave mice a traditional Japanese medicine called rikkunshito or an extract from rikkunshito to stimulate hormone production. In three different mouse lines—two with shortened lifespans and another with a normal lifespan—the treatment …

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