Is lithium the answer to staying younger for longer?

Lithium_nitrateRecent research has shown that the mood-stabilising drug lithium has potential to prolong life, by inhibiting a particular protein molecule.

Fruit flies also have the protein molecule, known as GSK-3, and an experiment conducted on these flies has shown that lithium was able to block production of the protein and extend their lives by up to 15 per cent.

What does this mean for humans?

Well, scientists believe that understanding more about GSK-3 could lead to a better understanding of age-related illnesses, such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

However, lithium itself carries a number of unwanted side effects, and until we know more about how it works to inhibit GSK-3 it is unlikely that an effective anti-ageing pill for human consumption will become available – scientists estimate about ten years.

What can we do now?

Well, there isn’t currently a lot we can do about the internal effects of ageing, but here at Dr Joney De Souza Aesthetic Clinic in Mayfair, we are experts at combatting the external signs.

Botox and dermal fillers – when used judiciously by an expert such as top London cosmetic doctor Dr Joney De Souza – can be a highly effective way to erase any existing lines and wrinkles.

Or if you want to achieve a truly natural looking rejuvenated look, why not opt for medical microneedling or platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), both of which can be used to create a dewy, youthful glow and plumper, firmer, younger looking skin.

Medical microneedling relies on the body’s self-heal mechanism, creating thousands of tiny puncture wounds in the skin of the face. This causes the body to speed up its production of collagen and elastin in order to heal these “wounds”. The result is smoother, youthful looking skin.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves harvesting blood from one area of the body, then injecting the platelet-rich plasma from that blood back into the face. This not only stimulated the body’s wound-healing mechanism (see above), but the growth factors contained within the plasma have been shown to speed up the process.

So, until a lithium-derived anti-ageing pill hits the market, why not give us a call today to see if we can help you to hold back the hands of time?


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