NBC News reported on Oct. 5, 2016, at 4:06 p.m. ET about a breakthrough discovery made in the field of human life expectancy, that can open new doors of hope for those wishing to die late. According to Jan Vijg, a professor of genetics and his team of researchers at the Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who conducted the study, the maximum lifespan that an average human being can actually expect to attain is 115 years.
This should not be confused with the maximum amount of time that an individual expects to live, a measure often addressed by the nomenclature, life expectancy. The study, published in a journal entitled Nature, also stated that the lifespan of an average person cannot be 125 years and beyond. In doing so, it cited a rare example of 122-year-old Jeanne Calment, who expired in 1997, and set a world record as the longest living person.
According to Prof. Vijg and his colleagues, human life expectancy can be increased through administration of medications, vaccines, and antibiotics, all of which serve to eliminate diseases and ailments plaguing the human body at a very young age. Unfortunately, in the case of the human lifespan, the process is bound by natural constraints and occurs in a fixed manner. Since even in the absence of any ailment, everything eventually dies its natural death.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
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