Jacqueline Detwiler-George recently published an article in Popular Mechanics called “Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.” (The article is behind a paywall on Popular Mechanics, but in case you don’t subscribe, you can read the full article here)
The article contains a number of interesting tidbits, including this: “The World Health Organization added a distinction that characterizes aging as a disease—one that humanity might cure eventually.”
This mildly terrifying piece of trivia that you might (or might not) want to drop at your next cocktail party: “If you look at actuarial tables, the risk of death after age 30 doubles every eight years (a mathematical curiosity dubbed the Gompertz-Makeham Law of Mortality).”
The article also mentions David Sinclair. Sinclair runs genetics labs at Harvard and at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, was named one of Time magazine’s top 50 people in healthcare, and wrote Lifespan: Why We Age—And Why We Don’t Have To.
I find it interesting that Sinclair doesn’t believe an upper limit on human lifespan exists.
And the last tidbit from the article that I’ll share with you is this, “Probably the most supported intervention for living a very long time is as simple as changing your diet. ‘If I could only give one recommendation, it would be to eat less often,’ Sinclair says.”
How long can we live? Let’s find out!
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