Most people want to live a long and fulfilling healthy life. As per PhilStarLife.com, new research revealed that people can live as to at least 130, and possibly well beyond, though the chances of reaching such super old age remain vanishingly small.
How old can a person become? Well, there has been much debate as to the limit of the human lifespan. Recent studies argued that we could live up to 150 years, or arguing that there is no maximum theoretical age for humans.
One of the studies, which was published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, enters this hot topic by analyzing new data on supercentenarians — people aged 110 or more — and semi-supercentenarians, aged 105 or more.
As a person ages, the risk of death gradually increases but the researchers’ analysis shows that risk eventually plateaus and remains constant at approximately 50-50.
“Beyond age 110, one can think of living another year as being almost like flipping a fair coin,” said Anthony Davison, a professor of statistics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), who led the research. “If it comes up heads, then you live to your next birthday, and if not, then you will die at some point within the next year.”
Based on the data available, humans can live until at least 130, but extrapolating from the findings “would imply that there is no limit to the human lifespan,” the research concludes. “But this study strengthens those conclusions and makes them more precise because more data are now available,” Davison said.
To put things into perspective, however, just because humans can theoretically reach 130 or beyond, doesn’t mean we’re likely to see it anytime soon. For a start, the analysis is based on people who have already achieved the relatively rare feat of making it to well over 100. And even at age 110, your chances of making it to 130 are “about one in a million… not impossible but very unlikely,” said Davison. Well, at least, it’s still possible, right?