The current life expectancy in the Brazil is 75 years old. But, imagine just living twice as long! A group of researchers from Singapore claims to have discovered the maximum life expectancy of humans. With health in perfect condition, people can live between 120 and 150 years old.
But, to have up to 15 dozens of candles on the birthday cake, it takes a little luck. To get to long age, the person must not have had heart disease or cancer. The 150 years estimated by scientists are calculated according to the natural aging process.
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The research group is part of the Singapore-based company Gero. They examined the aging rate of people residing in the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia. The scientists' study was published in scientific magazine Nature Communications, last Tuesday (25th).
When observing steps taken or changing the count of cells blood cells, as age increases, the body decreases these numbers at a predictable rate. Thus, between 120 and 150 years old, the body's natural resilience completely fails and leads the individual to death.
Even managing to reach the number, scientists point out an issue even more important than longevity. Experts argue that instead of asking how long a person can live, one needs to think about how long it is possible to live a life healthy.
"Other things, like quality of life, start to get more and more important as people experience their loss," said Heather Whitson, director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University, in an interview with the website Scientific American.
While 150 years is just a maximum life expectancy for human beings, the oldest person on record was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment. She was born in 1875 and died in 1997 at the age of 122. The oldest person alive is the Japanese Kane Tanaka, 118 years old, born in 1903.
However, without official proof, the Brazilian Maria Lucimar Pereira is very close to reaching 150 years of age. Indigenous to the state of Acre, she has a birth certificate that records her birth on September 3, 1890. Lucid, representatives of Funai told the G1, that the 130-year-old indigenous woman says the secret is natural food.
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