Jeanne Calment lived to be 122 years old. As of today, she is the oldest human being ever documented. Many people would love to know what enabled her to have such a long lifespan. As a matter of fact, Life Extensionists or Longevists do plenty of research in order to determine how humans can have an indefinite human lifespan. They believe that technology will eventually make it possible for human beings to live forever. They believe that the body will at some point in time have the ability to rejuvenate and go back to a more youthful and healthier condition, which will rid it of disease and make it possible to extend life.
Life extension is called by other names such as anti aging medicine, biomedical gerontology and even experimental gerontology. Basically, it is a form of research that looks for ways to slow or reverse the effects of aging. Longevists want to find a way to extend the average and maximum lifespan of all human beings.
As a person grows older, there is a lot of damage to the tissues, organs and cells. Researchers are always looking for ways to combat this. It is said that the solution is based on a combination of things such as a person’s DNA, their environment and their lifestyle. For instance, some people just have good genes, which allow them to grow old gracefully. Others live in areas that don’t have a negative impact on their bodies. Then there are others who live in a manner that will extend their life. They are healthy people who eat right, exercise and don’t smoke. These types of people tend to fight the effects of aging very well.
There are plenty of products on the market that claim to combat the effects of aging, but many of them have not been proven to work. Product manufacturers claim that they will do wonders to either slow down or reverse aging, but many in the medical community do not agree. There are many different strategies and theories on how to extend life. The following are a few of the more well known proposed life extension techniques:
- Nanotechnology is the ability to build things from scratch by utilizing strategies and existing resources to build high performing products. It is believed that future technology will make it possible to use nanotechnology to create products that will combat aging.
- Cloning is a proposed strategy that could be used to replace body parts based upon a person who has the right genes. Find a specimen that has great genes and clone their body parts. When it comes to reproductive cloning and stem cell research, there are a lot of proponents.
- Cryonics involves freezing a person’s body at death with the hopes that it can be thawed out in the future and successfully brought back to life by repairing whatever caused death in the first place. It is argued that the low temperature will give futuristic doctors enough time to make this happen.
- Genetic Modification involves combining artificial genes with bad ones in order to repair bad ones. This is a proposed method that many say could fight off the signs of aging.
In conclusion, people have been trying to find a way to slow down aging for thousands of years. Short of finding a fountain of youth, this type of search will probably go on forever. As a result, proposed life extension techniques will always be on the horizon.