Scientists have been reporting the average life expectancy for years, but new evidence suggests the human body is incapable of functioning after a certain amount of time.
Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Department of Genetics discovered what they believe to be the human body’s maximum age limit.
Life expectancy has risen with the discovery and creation of medicines, technology and medical techniques, but no one can stave off death for long.
Xiao Dong, Brandon Milholland and Jan Vijg worked together to discover the human body generally maxes out at 115 years, but admit there is a one in 10,000 chance for it to survive up to 125 years.
In their study, titled “Evidence for a limit to human lifespan,” the researchers claimed the “maximum lifespan is not fixed,” adding it is quite flexible “and can be affected by genetic and pharmacological interventions.”
In fact, Sweden discovered the human lifespan maximum rose from about 101 years in the 1860s to 108 by the 1990s.
David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School and a spokesman for the American Federation For Aging Research, explained the health of a person mixed with genetic manipulation results in a slower aging process and longer-lasting health.
“We can greatly extend the life spans of many different types of animals,” Sinclair stated. “I don’t think humans are an exception.”
The pursuit of various life-extending methods have been a point of interest for decades, with S. Jay Olshansky, a longevity researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, describing: “If we succeed, current limits are likely to be broken. How much they are broken depends on the nature of the breakthrough.”
Vijg, one of the geneticists involved in the study, believes it is unlikely science will be able to push the limits of aging beyond 125 years, specifically because of the various forms of declining mental health.
“Further progress against infectious and chronic diseases may continue boosting average life expectancy, but not maximum lifespan,” he stated. “While 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.”
Vijg argued a longer life is useless if mental illnesses aren’t stopped or eradicated completely. What kind of life would it be for someone to be mentally gone but physically present?
“What are you going to do?” he asked. “Develop a drug for all of [the mental ailments]?”
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to life.”
Our lives are not to be measured by years but by experiences. The Lord is with us throughout our life-long journey and He provides us with all our needs.
If medicine and technology helps us live healthier and longer lives, it would be wonderful, but in the meantime, focus on serving God, the poor, the hungry and the lost.
By Kenya Sinclair