The human lifespan has never been longer around the world. The average human lifespan is now 79 years, a significant increase compared to the 30 or 40 years you would have got only a century ago. Now however, new research has shown that humans could live up to a staggering 150 years. For those with a fear of ageing or desire for mortality, the research is interesting asit caps the ability of the human body and mind to pass the century and a half mark.
It used to be that turning 100 years old got a telegram from the Queen of England herself. These days however, more people are turning into centurions than ever before. While just over 20,000 people made it to their hundred birthdays in the 1950s, that figure has grown to over 100,000 people as we enter the 21st century. With the monumental increase in the number of people turning 100 each year, the traditional birthday telegram has been postponed until the receiver reaches 105 years old.
The mystery of whether it is ever possible to avoid death has now reached a conclusion. Researchers from the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development have understood from their studies that the human lifespan cannot exceed that of 150 years. One researcher described the impetus for the study: “the question of ‘What’s the longest life that could be lived by a human complex system if everything else went really well, and it’s in a stressor-free environment?’”
By removing stressor factors and ensuring the health and wellbeing of the human, researchers suggest the human lifespan could be extended for roughly another 70 years – nearly doubling the current lifespan of the average human. With fewer stressors they argued that the human’s metabolic ability to renew and regenerate healthy cell tissue is improved, and thus lifespan is too.