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Humans could live for 150 years, study claims

By T.K. Randall
May 28, 2021 · Comment icon 20 comments

Could a human really live for 150 years ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Sharada Prasad CS
New research has indicated that 150 might be the oldest age that any human could realistically reach.
The oldest human in recorded history was Jeanne Calment of France who died in 1997 at the grand old age of 122 years and 164 days, but just how much older than this is it possible to live for ?

Science fiction has long grappled with the idea of using science to halt the aging process, enabling someone to theoretically live forever in the absence of death by accident or illness, but if we rule out technological intervention, scientists now believe that there is a hard limit to how long a person can survive naturally and it is all to do with the human body's resilience to injury and stress.

In a recent study, researchers at the Singapore-based biotech company Gero used the blood cell counts of a large group of people to determine the capacity to recover for different age groups.
A teenager who falls down, for example, might simply dust themselves off and carry on as if nothing happened, whereas a frail person in their 80s might take months to fully recover.

According to the research, this ability to recover disappears entirely between 120-150 years of age.

This suggests that 150 may be the absolute upper limit of the natural human lifespan.

"This work... explains why even most effective prevention and treatment of age-related diseases could only improve the average but not the maximal lifespan unless true antiaging therapies have been developed," said co-author Andrei Gudkov.

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Comment icon #11 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 3 years ago
No kidding, though, as men get older, they really need to start paying that stuff closer attention. I've seen two men almost die of prostate cancer and it's no small ordeal. It's worth putting off as long as possible by taking care of your health now
Comment icon #12 Posted by jethrofloyd 3 years ago
A 179 year-old-man says, “Death has forgotten me!”  According to a report published on, all the official documents favour the 179-year-old's version of story. While most of us are scared of death and wish to live longer or rather have an eternal life, here is a story about a man who has discovered 179 years in India! Yes, you got that right! Mahashta Mûrasi is an Indian who has claimed to be born in 1835. Well, if what he says is true, he not only becomes the oldest man in the world but also the man who has lived the longest since the history of mankind (accordin... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
I'm good with whatever my expiration date currently is. I have no interest in being around that long. Sheeesh.
Comment icon #14 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
I don't believe it 
Comment icon #15 Posted by theotherguy 3 years ago
I'm skeptical of the 179-year-old Indian, and that story was posted in 2014. He'd be 185-186 by now. Here's an article about a man who was claimed to be 146 at time of death in Indonesia. I kind of wish these two had been able to talk to each other. I want to make it 110.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Ernest 3 years ago
I’d like to live forever. With technology advancing there’s so much to see every few years
Comment icon #17 Posted by Cookie Monster 3 years ago
For those who missed it then two months ago there was a huge break-through in de-aging organisms. Allow me to explain: 1. Cells pick up damage as part of their daily metabolism. 2. That damage means some of the proteins they release into the blood stream are defective. 3. At night the organism goes to sleep and its cells enter into repair mode. 4. The signalling for their repair mode is contained in our blood, but those defective proteins take the edge off it. 5. The defective proteins dampening down the cellular repair means cells dont repair themselves back to how they were at the start of t... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Xeno-Fish 3 years ago
I feel the exact same way.
Comment icon #19 Posted by godnodog 3 years ago
That is Connor, lad!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Normandy888 3 years ago
You gotta be real lucky to live that long. Personally, I'd like to live for atleast a couple thousand years lol. See humanity colonize other planets and such. Who knows...maybe even reverse aging technology will be released by then.

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