We will never live longer than 125 years
Although the obituaries of Time Magazine and the New York Times reported that Lee Ching-Yun died at the age of 256 and that there are generally immortal organisms on Earth and even was the first and only immortal man, scientists argue that humanity can never cross the threshold life expectancy at 125 years.
Why is that?
Since the 19th century, the average life expectancy has consistently increased due to the improvement of the health care system, nutrition, advances in medicine, and so on.
On average, children born now will live 80 years, while the average life expectancy of those born in 1900 was 50 years.
Since the 1970s, the maximum life expectancy has also begun to grow - that is, the age to which the oldest people on the planet live.
However, as follows from recent studies, this ascending arc of maximum life expectancy has a ceiling, and we have almost reached it.
Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have concluded that people will never be able to break those lifespan records that have already been set.
The results of their research are published in the scientific journal Nature.
In the course of their work, they focused on studying data related to the lives of people who (as was officially confirmed) lived 110 years and more from 1968 to 2006 in the USA, France, Japan and the UK.
The age of death among these long-livers rapidly increased in the period from the 1970s to the early 1990s, but around 1995 was approximately at the same level. And this means that there is a certain limit for the duration of human life.
Researchers believe that we reached the ceiling of life expectancy around 1997th, when the Frenchwoman Jeanne Kalmen died at 122, which is the longest documented life in history.
According to the calculations of researchers, 125 years is the absolute limit on the duration of human life. This means that further progress in the fight against chronic and infectious diseases may raise the bar for average life expectancy, but the level of maximum life expectancy will remain unchanged.