People will live up to 130 by 2100 as healthcare and living standards improve, study reveals
PEOPLE will live up to 130 as healthcare and living standards improve, a study has found.
The claim follows research into super-centenarians — people older than 105.
Researchers found that from age 108 onwards, the probability of surviving each extra year is 50/50 — the same as tossing a coin.
But with better medicine, food and living conditions, they concluded people would hit the age of 130 before 2100.
Our oldies already seem younger than in previous generations with Rolling Stone Keith Richards appearing indestructible at 77, even after cranial surgery from a tree fall in 2006.
The Canadian researchers, writing in the Royal Society Open Science journal, said: “There is strong evidence of an upper limit to the human life-span of around 130 years.
“This does not mean such ages will be reached sometime soon, as the probability equals that of seeing heads on 20 consecutive tosses of a coin.
“This event has a probability of less than one in a million and is highly unlikely to occur in the near future, though the increasing number of super- centenarians makes it possible that the maximum reported age at death will rise to 130 years during the present century.”
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Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at 122 years, 164 days, is the longest-lived person whose age can be verified.
Previous studies have set the upper age limit much lower.
The most recent found it would be impossible to age beyond 123.
Alicia Adendorff is a reporter for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.