Oct 07, 2016 01:22 PM EDT

Research Shows Humans Can’t Live Pass 125

By Paula
A man walks past a church on October 1, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.
A man walks past a church on October 1, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.
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Scientists discovered that no human being can live more than 125 years old.

It is hard to explain why there aren't any older people, the most probable explanation is that we've probably reached the maximum age limit, USA Today reported.

They explained that there are less than one in 10,000 that will live passed the age of 125 years old, because of the damage on the molecules in the human body.

They also added that if human diseases will not kill us, the human body still shuts down because of old age.

According to Science Daily, Dr. Jan Vijg of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his colleagues used information from the Human Mortality Database. This database has the compilation of mortality rate of 40 countries.

Their research showed that since the 1900s where humans tend to have a higher survival rate, upon reaching the age of a hundred, there was a decline on the number of people who lives pass that age.

They also looked at the International Database on Longetivity where they found out that between 1968 and 2006 in US, France, Japan and UK there were humans who lived passed a hundred.

However in the 1970s and 1995 there was an increase of death of these centenarians. The most notable death happened in 1997 when Jeanne Calment, 122 years old, died in France.

With the data they gathered, they concluded that the average age a person could live would be 115 years old.  They also said that the maximum lifespan would be 125 years old.

Vijg explained that progress against infectious and chronic diseases may likely continue to boost the average life expectancy of human beings but it will not change the maximum lifespan a person could live.

There has to be modifications on our genes before we get to live more than 125, USA Today concluded.


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