The media obsesses over the inevitable “secret” that centenarians reveal as the reason for their exceptionally long life. Unfortunately, centenarians are not the key to unlocking the mysteries of health and longevity – on the contrary, they epitomise our fears of growing old. We explain the details...
Nobody lives forever. In fact, if you're over 20 years old, it's likely you're already experiencing the effects of age on your body (they are probably slight if you're that young). Aging is an inevitable part of life, but do you know the science behind why hair becomes gray or skin wrinkles as we age?
Over the last 100 years we have improved worldwide average lifespan by over 36 years. Today, people in most developed countries live on average more than 85 years. As we live longer lives, our subjective well-being and our attitudes change accordingly towards aging. In 2012, Havas Worldwide conducted a survey of 7,213 people in 19 countries to understand their attitudes towards aging and growing old.
Most of the study respondents (77%) expect to age gracefully, think they are already aging better than their peers, and do not worry about being old until their 70s. The survey also finds that men and women reach their physical, mental and creative peaks are different ages. Additionally, it seems that people do not just worry about dying too young, but also about living too old. The idea of immortality loses its appeal when permanent youth and good health are not a part of it.
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As anyone who follows media knows, science abounds with studies of longevity, but the science of longevity is rife with controversy and contradictions. Nutrients and pharmaceuticals that extend life in one creature or lab show few if any effects in another. And perhaps most insidiously, some seeming breakthroughs have turned out to be Faustian: They lengthen lives but don’t slow aging.
The grail of longevity research remains that elusive drug, food, personality trait or lifestyle change that will prolong robust, healthy life. This infographic highlights the ups, downs, reverses and highlights of recent research.
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Nothing matters more than your health. Healthy living is priceless. What millionaire wouldn't pay dearly for an extra 10 or 20 years of healthy aging? That's why one of the most important indicators of abundance today is the massive global increase in life expectancy.
- In 1820, the average lifespan was just 26 years. Twenty-six years!
- In 1900, it only marginally improved to 31 years old.
- In 2010, the global average doubled to 67 years, and today in the U.S.A and UK (2014), it comes in at just over 80 years old.
Explore the infographic and read about Human Longevity, Inc.'s project to improve lifespan for all.
The five most prevalent cause of death are cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders. Society currently funds extensive biomedical research trying to mitigate each of these diseases without much success. Unfortunately, we forget that these diseases have a common cause, and that cause is aging. As we grow older, our bodies accumulate damage that leads to the various diseases of aging.
The graph above clearly highlights the steep increase in mortality from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders as we get older. Therefore, we must preventatively tackle our bodies’ overall decline from aging and not wait to treat one disease at a time.