Science Shows Humans Might Have Already Reached Our Longest Lifespan

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The promise of the future is one in which things get better. We hold out hope that illness gets eradicated, wars stop, and the environment stops getting worse, then gets better. However, recent information has suggested to researchers that humans might be living as long as they’re going to.

So while the dream of the future might exist, it might not include longer lifespans than we’re currently seeing in people.

To be more clear, a study by the journal Nature says that the average age of people continues to increase, but the maximum age (essentially, the age of the oldest people on Earth) has stayed largely the same since the mid-90s.

Based on their study of the frequency of “supercentenarians,” (people older than 110) the journal found that the longest “natural” age people can reach is likely around 115 years, though “unnatural” instances may surpass that. Unnatural methods could include cryogenics (freezing people), genetic manipulation, or other existing and future anti-aging treatments.

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The study’s co-author, Jan Viig, said in a statement:

“(W)hile it’s conceivable that therapeutic breakthroughs might extend human longevity beyond the limits we’ve calculated, such advances would need to overwhelm the many genetic variants that appear to collectively determine the human lifespan. Perhaps resources now being spent to increase lifespan should instead go to lengthening healthspan – the duration of old age spent in good health.”

Right now, scientists estimate that the odds of any person living right now reaching the age of 125 are about 1 in 10,000. In 1997, a French woman died at a verified age of 122, and a living man in Indonesia claims to be 145 years old, though his claims are yet to be substantiated.