By Sumedha Sahay
Recent research has evidence suggesting that humans are not capable of living past 125 years. While it’s true that the average life expectancy has steadily risen since the 19th century, a new study published in Nature by Albert Einstein College of Medicine has evidence that human life cannot extend past the oldest ages already recorded. Dr. Jan Vijg, Ph.D., of Einstein College of Medicine and his colleagues analyzed information from the Human Mortality Database, which contained data from over 40 countries. While data from the Human Mortality Database suggested an upward increase in average life expectancy, upon examining life expectancy increase since 1900 in people over 100 years old, the scientists discovered that life expectancy quickly decreased after reaching a maximum at 100 years. The scientists found additional support for this when they examined figures from the International Database on Longevity, specifically looking into the “maximum reported age at death.” While the oldest humans’ age of death experienced a rise from the 1970s and early 1990s, the maximum age reached a steady number around 1997- the year that marked the death of the oldest person to ever live, at 122 years old. The scientists calculated the average maximum life expectancy to be 115 years and the absolute maximum possible age for human life to be 125 years. Dr. Vijg postulated that while average life expectancy may increase with progress in fighting diseases, this progress won’t increase the maximum human lifespan, and that we should direct our resources to extending the time spent in good health during old age.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine. (2016, October 5). Maximum human lifespan has already been reached. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 16, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161005132823.htm