The thought of living forever might seem like something out of fairy tales. Now, though, men in most developed countries have a life expectancy of 75 years; women, 80 and more, it was not always the case.
A topic for brain storming is that if life expectancy from the 1800’s till now can be more than double, then can it become it double again? Could it be possible to do so infinitely?
Some researchers' strongly believe that humans are limited when it comes to life expectancy and the maximum limit is 125 years. Other researchers see a world in which we have people living to be 100 and more, i.e. centenarians. They are the walking examples of people who have incredible genes and have lived for 100 or more years.
Diseases like dementia and heart problems are common problems related to aging. These diseases block us from reaching the 100 year mark. Our body wears out from use. Scientists in their quest for immortality have been for years, focused on finding ways to prevent and slow down aging from occurring within the body. One method that has shown positive results in this field and increased the lifespan of small creatures such as mice or squirrels is a calorie-restrained diet.
Following this diet means cutting down on your daily food intake by 30 percent while consuming all the necessary nutrients that keep running healthy bodily functions. This diet plan is clearly difficult for humans to follow and maintain, so scientists and researchers all over the world are trying to find out how taking fewer calories helps to lengthen lives.
Anti-aging pills can slow down the effect of free radicals in our body to lengthen youth and prevent early onset of old age. Free radicals are the molecules present in our body that cause continuous damage within
our body as we age. Researchers claim that the compound resveratrol that is present in red wine might have the ability to slow down the aging process at the genetic level. Research is being carried on to make it available in pill form for use.
French researchers are also trying to find out the answer to this curiosity of living forever and have found two evidences so far. There are two categories of people in the world who have lived long lives that are the
closest to living forever. Athletes are considered among people that have the longest lives and researchers found that high life expectancy is more common among the athlete group. Although there have been no
findings that can support humans being able to live forever. Therefore, forming the premise of healthier lifestyle is to be followed.
Some would-be centenarians around the world have begun injecting human growth hormone into their bodies in the hopes of preventing the body from aging. There are many theories on how and why we age and on ways to prevent it. An anti-aging pill might present a solution but it is at least decades, if not centuries away in the future.
One challenge that an anti-aging pill poses is how long humans already live. Studies that are feasible with mice or yeast cells might not be possible with humans as no one is going to live long enough for the scientists
to be able to perfect them for human use.
An alternative way to live forever is to abandon the flesh and blood we are made of and turn to materials that are more durable. Futurists of the world envision a world in which a computer saves all the memories and
knowledge of our brain and portable silicone parts take the place of limbs. Scientists still have to figure out if the outcome will be part human part machine, but it is wise to say that it is not yet the time to abandon your