How long can people live? New study suggests there’s a limit
Just how long can people live? New research suggests there may be a limit to our life span, one that’s hard to extend without some sort of breakthrough that fixes all age-related problems.
The record for the world’s oldest person is 122 years, and the odds of shattering that record are slim, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
“It seems extremely difficult, if not impossible, to break through that ceiling due to the complexity of the aging process,” one of the researchers, Jan Vijg, a geneticist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, said in an email.
Life expectancies in many countries have risen dramatically because of improvements in medical care and sanitation in the last century. The maximum age of death has also increased, leading some to believe that there’s no boundary to how long people can live.