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Life-extending hormone bolsters the body’s immune function

A hormone that extends lifespan in mice by 40% is produced by specialized cells in the thymus gland, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. The team also found that increasing the levels of this hormone, called FGF21, protects against the loss of immune function that comes with age.

Aging Thymus with Fatty Degeneration
Life-extending hormone bolsters the body’s immune function.
Credit: Yale University