If living forever is your long-term plan, then science might have popped your bubble. New data suggests that human life span maxes out at 115 years. So far, the record for the longest living human being is 122 years, but scientists say not many will top this number.
Senior author Jan Vijg said, “Further progress against infectious and chronic diseases may continue boosting average life expectancy, but not maximum life span.”
Human life expectancy has come a long way with advancements in science and medicine, along with improvements in diet and public health.
The researchers tracked data from the Human Mortality Database. The researchers saw a steady increase in life expectancy since the 1900s.
Vijg added, “This finding indicates diminishing gains in reducing late-life mortality and a possible limit to human life span.”
Vijg continued, “Demographers as well as biologists have contended there is no reason to think that the ongoing increase in maximum life span will end soon. But our data strongly suggest that it has already been attained and that this happened in the 1990s.”
“While it’s conceivable that therapeutic breakthroughs might extend human longevity beyond the limits we’ve calculated, such advances would need to overwhelm the many genetic variants that appear to collectively determine the human life span. Perhaps resources now being spent to increase life span should instead go to lengthening ‘health span’ — the duration of old age spent in good health,” Vijg concluded.