A new study has decreed that humans are very unlikely to live past the age of 125. This is despite any potential advancements that are made in medicine in the future. Scientists have agreed on this number as data has shown that at this age, gene copying becomes imperfect. It is believed that chromosomes deteriorate, no matter how healthy you are or how good access to healthcare is. The fresh cells replace dead ones in our body in a constant cycle but as we age, the efficiency of this system gets worse and we weaken. We can see this in wrinkled skin and organ failure. Of course, this can be delayed by diet and lifestyle but it can’t be stopped entirely. These are biological realities that (for now at least) we cannot change. Essentially, our bodies aren’t built to live past 125. The chance of anyone living above 125 years of age is now belived to be one in 10,000.
The oldest living human of all time is Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment who passed away in 1997 at the grand age of 122. She attributed her longevity to a diet of olive oil, port wine and chocolate and even smoked cigarettes up until the age of 117. Amazingly, when she was four years old, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift was being fought!