Humans could live to 130 before 2100, scientist claims

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A new study has revealed that humans could live up until the age of 130 before the year 2100 and that there could be a possible cure to stop ageing in the future.

Researchers have found that from the age of 108 onwards, the probability of making it to the next year is 50 per cent, meaning the survival is the same chance as a coin toss.

Scientists who studied almost 10,000 French men and women who lived past the age of 105, were unable to find a certain upper age limit, reports The Times.

But they believe that due to the rise in supercentenarians, which are people who live beyond 110, the greatest number that humans can live to has reached 130.

“The increasing number of supercentenarians makes it possible that the maximum reported age at death will rise to 130 years during the present century,” the scientists said.

They also argued that the increase in supercentenarians could help understand the mechanism of ageing itself.

“Solid empirical understanding of human mortality at extreme age is important as one basis for research aimed at finding a cure for ageing,” they added.

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At this present time, the oldest person on record is Jeanne Calment, from France, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Professor Andrew Scott, from London Business School, did not participate in the research but shared his views on how much analyses of older people could actually reveal.

"If we are to experience much longer lives than the 122 years of Jeanne Calment it will surely come about as a result (if it comes about at all) of breakthroughs in biology,” he said.

Scott, the author of The New Long Life, said that scientists can't just focus on longevit.

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“Whilst longer lives are valuable, the really valuable thing is to get healthspan to match lifespan," he said.

"When that happens of course we will enormously value further improvements in lifespan.”

He added: “What’s really nice about this study is it just emphasises the point that regardless of your age you need to prepare for a longer life ahead than you previously might have imagined. That includes if you are 105!”

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