Scientists have conducted a study on the maximum age at which a human being can live


If you were hoping you could live forever, I have bad news for you, no matter how healthy and lucky you are, time will eventually prevail.

Over the years, human life expectancy has increased more and more, which means that we can expect to live much longer and healthier than those of our ancestors.

The average life expectancy for a person in the UK is now over 80, more than a decade longer than it was in the mid-20th century.

People are living longer and advances in medicine are helping many survive serious medical conditions that would have previously killed them, meaning many can spend several more years in the world.

The oldest person who ever lived was Jeanne Calment, who reached the age of 122 after being born in 1875 and living until 1997.

As life expectancy increases, our idea of ​​our maximum lifespan also increases. Credit: jefftakespics2 / Alamy Stock Photo

While most people are nowhere near that, the question of how long a human body could theoretically live is one that scientists have grappled with for some time.

Researchers from Singaporean biotech company Gero and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, studied human resilience, the body’s ability to recover from damage.

They used artificial intelligence to sift through medical data from hundreds of thousands of volunteers to estimate a human’s maximum lifespan.

Taking into account age, disease and lifestyle factors, they found that between the ages of 120 and 150, the human body’s ability to fully recover collapses, meaning that a no one could really survive beyond that.

Although we may live longer, scientists estimate that we probably cannot exceed 150 years.  Credit: Westend61 GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
Although we may live longer, scientists estimate that we probably cannot exceed 150 years. Credit: Westend61 GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Again, the reason is that this planet has much shorter years, orbiting its sun once every 2.7 Earth days.

While you could technically call it living for many years, by human standards that would be cheating and it wouldn’t make you live any longer.

Still, if you could reach 150, that would definitely count as a good run, and maybe by then we’d have invented a way for people to live forever as robots.

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