The person with the longest documented human lifespan was a French woman named Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to be 122 years and 164 days and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. When she was born in 1875, the average life expectancy was roughly 43. She lived on her own until the age of 109, and at the time of her death in 1997, she was in relatively good health.
To achieve her age, Calment combined a daily social routine with good genes, a healthy diet and exercise, but according to recent research, she’s not the outlier we’ve been led to believe. In a recent study, researchers at GERO.AI concluded the absolute limit of the human lifespan to be between 100 and 150 years of age.
GERO.AI, is a research brand based in Singapore, with a focus on “Hacking Aging,” using artificial intelligence/machine learning. Their modeling platform systematically evaluates the relationship between physical activity and biological age, mortality risk, and frailty. And through the use of wearables, health and lifestyle information, and death registries, GERO.AI has shown that it’s possible to assess biological health and predict health outcomes based solely on physical activity data.
Not only that. Their latest research shows that Jeanne Calment’s record as the longest documented human lifespan could be outdone with the right improvements in medicine, environment and technology.
A Blue Zone Around Every Restore Location
Jeanne Calment was also an outlier in that she lived outside of a Blue Zone, areas of the world where people live much longer than average. Those areas (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Loma Linda, Calif.; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica) seem to generate a longer lifespan for its residents by adhering to several principles that include healthy eating, active (but not too active) lifestyles and community involvement.
While we can’t stop the birthdays from coming, an individual’s resilience to stress, which determines their longevity, can be improved upon through simple lifestyle improvements such as eating healthier, getting more sleep, exposure to good environmental stressors (such as cold and heat) and nurturing a sense of community.
Restore CEO Jim Donnelly has a vision: One that includes creating Blue Zones around existing Restore locations, by offering good stressors like cold and heat therapies (that may defy the signs of aging), amid a community of helpful, passionate Hyper Wellness representatives that want to help you to do more of what you love.
While there's no magic bullet for aging today, there is a lot of promising research. “We do think that the things we do at Restore are increasing healthspan and by extension, increasing lifespan,” says Donnelly.
“Cold therapy, heat therapy, the type of exercise you do, micronutrients in your body; they’re all contributing factors. And some of that is quite easy to incorporate into your everyday life, so why not? That’s the million dollar question.”
Currently, the oldest person in the world is Kane Tanaka, from Fukuoka, Japan. Tanaka is 119 years old, just a few years shy of Calment’s record. “She’s very forward thinking,” Tanaka's grandson, Eiji Tanaka, told CNN last year. And for good reason. According to this new study from GERO.AI, Jeanne Calment’s record could be broken.
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