How long can you live? New study claims human lifespan can exceed 115 years

A new study from five separate research teams in a series of papers in the journal Nature has set out to zap maximum longevity claims, saying that "there is no compelling evidence that we are approaching an upper limit on our mortality."

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 29, 2017 6:28 pm
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Have you ever wondered how long can one live? How old was the oldest man on earth? Is there a limit to which human beings can age? These questions often hover in the mind, don’t they?

A recent research paper by a team of American researchers claimed that “maximum longevity has hit a ceiling of 114.9 years”. After it garnered a lot of criticism from the scientific community, a new study from five separate research teams in a series of papers in the journal Nature has set out to zap its claims saying “there is no compelling evidence that we are approaching an upper limit on our mortality – or at the very least, that such a limit may be considerably higher than 115 years.”

Calling it the “worst piece of research”, Prof Jim Vaupel, a specialist in ageing at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany and one of the authors, said, “The evidence points towards no looming limit. At present the balance of the evidence suggests that if there is a limit it is above 120, perhaps much above – and perhaps there is not a limit at all.”

Arguing that the conclusion is wrong, the new study offers a host of more optimistic interpretations. Prof Siegfried Hekimi from McGill University in Montreal said, “You can show the data are compatible with many different trajectories and not at all an ongoing plateau.”

Under one such scenario, lifespans would be predicted to climb steadily upwards, such that the oldest person alive by the year 2,300 would be expected to be 150 years old. “The increase in average lifespan will not suddenly crash into a 115-year limit,” he added.

A breakthrough research, its findings have powerfully challenged the idea that humans are approaching a hard limit on longevity. Only time will tell if it proves to be true.

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    Andy Kadir-Buxton
    Jul 8, 2017 at 11:45 am
    There is little point in living longer if we just feel older. When the Queen Mother was in her 70s she said to me that she would pay £1million to look young again, and when I asked, said she would pay the same amount to feel 21. So I used the Kadir-Buxton Method on her. This restores the brain to 'factory settings' and left her feeling much younger. I then asked the Queen Mother how old she felt, and she replied: "24." This was either a near miss or Scottish wit. Age related brain dysfunctions are eliminated or subdued, which is in itself worth training practice nurses in the Method. The drive of older people who have used the Kadir-Buxton Method also reverts to that of youth. A thirty second trip to your local practice nurse every six months would cost the country very little for the benefits that my Method confers.
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    George Kafantaris
    Jun 30, 2017 at 6:03 am
    Everything else being equal, our mind might have the final word on how long we live. It could keep us around when our work isn’t done. Let’s add purpose to our existence then and work toward goals that give our lives meaning. And let’s exercise regularly, get some sleep, leave the table hungry, and challenge our mind -- painfully and severely -- with anything and everything. Learning is easier for the young, but it's needed more to preserve the old.
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    George Kafantaris
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:52 am
    Everything else being equal, our mind might have the final word on how long we live. It could keep us around when our work isn’t done. Let’s add purpose to our existence then and work toward goals that give our lives meaning. And let’s exercise regularly, get some sleep, leave the table hungry, and challenge our mind -- painfully and severely -- with anything and everything. Learning is easier for the young, but it is needed more to preserve the old.
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