We’ve all heard the old adage “Life is short”, but this recent study done by Dutch statisticians might just say otherwise.
When we hear people reach the age of 80, we immediately think to ourselves, “Wow, they’ve lived a full and long life.”. But what if I told you that with proper diet and exercise, humans can easily reach the age of 115 years?
Dutchman Professor John Einmal of the Department of Econometrics at Tilburg University along with his coworkers began a study on the average lifespan of a healthy human being. They did a consensus of 75,000 Dutch people who have died in the past 30 years. The results were astonishing. Instead of getting average ages of 80 to 90 years, it was revealed that human males had an average life expectancy of 114.1 years while human females had 115.7 years.
“If we take averages into account, it is clear that people live longer, but the eldest of our generations haven’t reached the peak ages for over 30 years. But this doesn’t mean that the maximum range has changed.” Einmahl states as he relays his discoveries to the AFP.
A report from IFLScience shows that a similar finding was published in a previous published issue of Nature. Senior author Jan Vijg in his study concluded that the maximum age that a normal healthy person could attain was indeed 115, but that trend peaked during the 1990’s. He goes on to say that in order to find someone who has a higher age, one would have to travel 10,000 worlds like ours to find such an individual.
However, demographers and biologists say otherwise, saying that Vijg was too quick to make such a conclusion. Age specialist, Jim Vaupel of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany, voiced his opposition to the findings of the study. In his own words, “I was outraged that a journal I highly respect would publish such a travesty.”
He further goes to say that “the evidence points towards no looming limit. At present, the balance of the evidence suggests that if there is a limit it is above 120, perhaps much above – and perhaps there is not a limit at all.”
While the issue is still up for debate, one things is for certain. With proper diet and exercise as well as avoiding any unnecessary vices, one can achieve a long life.