Cancer, Metformin and James Watson
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 12, 2013
James Watson – co-discoverer of the structure of DNA – has prostate cancer. One of the drugs he has insisted on taking is Metformin, an anti-diabetic drug that reduces glucose production in the liver and so reduces blood sugar levels. The connection of sugar and cancer is well known.
Watson also believes in taking simple over the counter anti-inflamamtory such as baby aspirin.
“Researchers have also discovered that cells in advanced cancers secrete molecules that promote inflammation. There’s now pretty good research that suggests that if you take a baby aspirin a day, you get less cancer.”
It is also known that diabetics taking Metformin have lower incidence of cancer.
“If this is right, this is a bombshell, and all chemotherapy should be done with Metformin,” he said. “People say, ‘Will we ever find a single drug which will kill all cancer?’ … I say, maybe it’s happened already.”
For the article go to
The Life Extension people agree and suggest that everybody should be taking it. The price has been given by a British newspaper as 2p per day:
“In one of the largest studies of its kind, a team of scientists analyzed cancer risk among 8,000 diabetics treated with metformin.2 Over a 10-year period, they observed a 54% lower incidence of all cancers compared to the general population.
Metformin not only exerted a major protective effect against cancer development, but those who developed cancer exhibited a significantly higher survival rate, including those with malignant cancers of the lung, colon, and breast. Of equal significance was the finding that the earlier the metformin regimen was initiated, the greater the preventive benefit.
Given that diabetics are predisposed to a horrifically wide array of cancers—of the breast, colon, liver, pancreas, kidney, endometrium (uterine lining), among others3-5—these results have profound implications for all maturing individuals.”
For complete article go to: http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/feb2012_Can-Diabetes-Drug-Prevent-Cancer-Death_01.htm
For a good overview of cancer: the facts, the issues and the options read The Cancer Survivor’s Bible – www.fightingcancer.com