Dutch scientists say human lifespan has limits

August 31, 2017
Dutch researchers said that while life expectancies had increased, there had been no major shift in maximum lifespan in the last 30 years

Dutch researchers claimed Thursday to have discovered the maximum age "ceiling" for human lifespan, despite growing life expectancy because of better nutrition, living conditions and medical care.

Mining data from some 75,000 Dutch people whose exact ages were recorded at the time of death, statisticians at Tilburg and Rotterdam's Erasmus universities pinned the maximum ceiling for female at 115.7 years.

Men came in slightly lower at 114.1 years in the samples taken from the data which spans the last 30 years, said Professor John Einmahl, one of three scientists conducting the study.

"On average, people live longer, but the very oldest among us have not gotten older over the last thirty years," Einmahl told AFP.

"There is certainly some kind of a wall here. Of course the average has increased," he said, pointing out the number of people turning 95 in The Netherlands had almost tripled.

"Nevertheless, the maximum ceiling itself hasn't changed," he said.

Lifespan is the term used to describe how long an individual lives, while life expectancy is the average duration of life that individuals in an age group can expect to have—a measure of societal wellbeing.

The Dutch findings come in the wake of those by US-based researchers who last year claimed a similar age ceiling, but who added that exceptionally long-lived individuals were not getting as old as before.

Einmahl and his researchers disputed the latter finding, saying their conclusions deduced by using a statistical brand called "Extreme Value Theory", showed almost no fluctuation in maximum lifespan.

Einmahl said however there were still some people who had bent the norm, like Frenchwomen Jeanne Calment who died at the ripe old age of 122 years and 164 days.

Calment remains the oldest verified woman to date.

Extreme Value Theory is a brand of statistics that measures data and answers questions at extreme ends of events such as lifespan or disasters.

Einmahl said his group's findings will be submitted for publication in a peer review magazine "within the next month or so."

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1 / 5 (7) Aug 31, 2017
Interesting research from a culture that practices euthanasia.
1.6 / 5 (7) Aug 31, 2017
Well, like it says in the bible, you get at most about 120 times around the sun. They knew that then, and today people are making money telling us the same thing.
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 31, 2017
And there are now about, what, three maybe 4 different known ways to lengthen telomeres and get rid of senescent cells?

So the 115 ceiling is already gone -for the intrepid.....according to cutting edge medical and DNA sciences, which have been reported on this same website, in less than the past year.
3.2 / 5 (5) Sep 01, 2017
Well, like it says in the bible, you get at most about 120 times around the sun. They knew that then, and today people are making money telling us the same thing.

Where there any mention of airplanes, cars, nuclear reactors, rockets, internet and gene therapy in the Bible? Even if so, there are fair chances of the sun no longer tying us to our age limit.
5 / 5 (1) Sep 01, 2017
Isnt this like using statistics to determine how fast cars can potentially go? Maybe they are asking the wrong scientists?
Well, like it says in the bible, you get at most about 120 times around the sun
You're reading the wrong parts
(For some reason this link doesn't work so Google it)

-This includes begatting beyond normal human limits-
1 / 5 (1) Sep 01, 2017
Maybe yes and maybe no especially if individuals are willing to live inside a Darth Vader like exoskeleton with artificial organs and brain implants as a person can live for 200+ years.
1 / 5 (3) Sep 02, 2017
Jeanne Calment 122 years old. Physorg really really needs to drop medicalxpress.com they have posted many mnay fake, misleading, and outright lie stories. shame on you phys.org. shame on you. And double shame on you medicalxpress.com for bieng the trash rag of the science comunity.
not rated yet Sep 06, 2017
Where there any mention of airplanes, cars, nuclear reactors, rockets, internet and gene therapy in the Bible?
when you think about it, at least four of those contribute to the fact that we usually don't live the full 120 years..
not rated yet Oct 26, 2017
So far, PoopaJ, the comments of yours that I have read contain over-the-top criticism and typos of your own while offering nothing of value.

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