People may live to 130 within this century, scientists say
Researchers have predicted people may live to 130 within this century.
According to scientists who have analyzed thousands of semisupercentenarians from Italy and France, life expectancy is likely to increase over the next few decades. In fact, they suggest some people may live to see their 130th birthday cake within the 21st century.
As per Daily Mail, Dr. Léo Belzile, the statistician who led the study from HEC Business School in Montreal, said:
“As the world population keeps increasing, there are more people reaching 100 and more reaching 110. The more people tossing a coin, with a 50 percent chance of surviving each year after they turn 110, the more we can expect that someone will have a lucky streak and get to the age of 130.”
Dr. Belzile’s study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, aimed to conclude whether there is an upper limit on the human lifespan. However, the research found no such thing, despite working with nearly 14,000 “super-agers.”
What the study managed to determine was that upon reaching 108, people’s odds of dying started to stabilize, arriving at around 50/50.
The results may be of use to billionaires investing in age-reversing technology.
The researchers note:
“Solid empirical understanding of human mortality at extreme age is important as one basis for research aimed at finding a cure for aging.”
Theoretically, if there is no upper limit to human lifespan, such as the age of 130, people could live beyond that. Unfortunately, it appears highly unlikely, having in mind that reaching 108 gives you a chance of making it around an extra year and three months on average.
Dr. Belzile explained:
“People are fascinated by the idea of living forever, but unfortunately very few people reach these very old ages.”
For instance, the longest-lived person in history so far is Jeanne Calment. She was born in France in 1875 and died in 1997 at the age of 122, despite being a chain-smoker.
Presently, the world’s oldest person is Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman aged 118.