Living beyond 110 is more and more likely, longevity advice
Chances of living beyond 110 are increasingly likely, according to new study from the University of Washington, which used the mathematical modeling used to predict the likelihood of people becoming “super-centenarians” in the 2020s to 2100s.
The researchers found that it is “extremely likely” to see the record for the oldest human broken in this century, said Michael Pearce, study author and doctoral student at the University of Washington.
To date, the oldest person to ever live was Jeanne Calment, a Frenchwoman who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days.
According to Pearce, there is a 68% chance of a person reaching the age of 127 by 2100 and a 13% chance of a person reaching the age of 130.
Among other factors, advances in medicine and the biology of aging have influenced the potential lifespan of people. Indeed, so much progress has been made in the field of the biology of aging that some experts believe we will be able to possibly “cure” aging.
“The assumption that the incremental advances in lifestyle and medicine that we have seen over the past 200 years or so will continue over the next 80 years may be pessimistic given advances in the biology of aging,” says Andrew Steele, scientist and author of “Ageless: The New Science for Aging Without Aging.”
“I think there is potential for much more exciting breakthroughs in targeting the aging process rather than particular diseases,” he says.
For example, researchers are studying how to target aging cells called “senescent cells.” Instead of divide and make new cells, senescent cells hang around and release chemicals and molecules that disrupt other healthy cells and trigger inflammation. The number of senescent cells in a person increases with age, but mouse studies show that they can be removed and potentially increase their lifespan.
Steele says it’s “not a science fiction projection into the distant future” to imagine people who are currently alive reaching over 120 before 2100. separate study published in May examined biological markers of aging in the blood of people and found that humans in a stress-free, disease-free environment are theoretically able to live up to 150 years.
In the meantime, there are things people can do to increase their life expectancy.
A Harvard Study 2018 found that those who followed five simple habits – eating a healthy, high-quality diet, doing at least 30 minutes or more per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and do not smoke life expectancy up to 10 years. More recent research suggests that eating two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables is associated with lower death rates.
In parts of the world where people live the longest, also known as “blue zones,” specific habits contribute to longevity, according to Dan Buettner, member of National Geographic and journalist. For example, having at least three close friends that you can count on for emotional support, walking every day, and taking a 20 minute nap five days a week are all things that have been shown to improve lifespan, a- he previously told CNBC Make It.
Brushing and cleaning your teeth can reduce the risk of heart disease and dementia, according to Steele. Good oral hygiene helps get rid of chronic low-level inflammation that can hamper your immune system.
Researchers at the University of Washington used data from the International Longevity Database, which follows “supercentenarians” or people over 110 people in 13 countries, including the United States, for their discoveries. Researchers haven’t looked for ways to extend your lifespan.
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