The top limit of human mortality, according to researchers, is 150 years old.
This would break the existing record for the oldest human, Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122, but it certainly puts a damper on ambitions to live forever.
Scientists believe they have validated the maximum age humans may expect to live to using an iPhone app and a massive quantity of medical data from volunteers in the UK and US, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
Researchers used artificial intelligence to examine health and fitness data, and they discovered that the human lifetime is most substantially reliant on two data points: biological age (connected with stress, lifestyle, and chronic illnesses) and resilience (how quickly the person returns to normal after responding to a stressor).
Using these data and similar patterns, researchers concluded that the human body exhibits “complete loss” of resilience at roughly 120 to 150 years old, culminating in an incapacity to recover, according to a news statement.
“As we age, more and more time is required to recover after a perturbation, and on average we spend less and less time close to the optimal physiological state,” study author Timothy V. Pyrkov said.
Professor Andrei Gudkov — who works at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, which collaborated on the study — further commented that the finding is “a conceptual breakthrough, because it determines and separates the roles of fundamental factors in human longevity … It explains why even most effective prevention and treatment of age-related diseases could only improve the average, but not the maximal, lifespan, unless true anti-aging therapies have been developed.”
This comes amid a growing trend of biohacking, or the use of fashionable, age-defying procedures to extend one’s life. From fasting to injecting oneself with experimental herpes medicine, biohackers have tried it all.
Ari Rastegar, 39, said last week that his regular usage of stem cell treatment and meditation inside a hyperbaric chamber had resulted in his having the biological age of a 5-year-old.