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March 27, 2002

Antiaging Movement Criticized

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JAMA. 2002;287(12):1518. doi:10.1001/jama.287.12.1518-JQU20003-4-1

The antiaging movement belongs to a "long chain of quacks, snake-oil salesmen and charlatans," said an experts' panel created by the International Longevity Center–USA.

The panel warned against the "hype" surrounding antiaging medicine and said it joins the growing effort by scientists to oppose it and support more significant research.

The panel, in its report, Is There an Anti-Aging Medicine? said, "There is as yet no convincing evidence that administration of any specific compound, natural or artificial, can globally slow aging in people, or even in mice or rats." The panel was cochaired by Robert N. Butler, MD, president of the Longevity Center, and David Rothman, PhD, of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.