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8 mechanisms of ageing in all animals are almost the same.  Dr Patrick Dixon, Futurist and physician takes a look at latest research into genetics, biotech, stem cells and other technologies that could dramatically improve life expectancy, learning lessons from non-ageing animals. Impact on longevity / life expectancy. Part of keynote for Boehringer Ingleheim.

You say there are only 8 mechanisms of ageing.  How is that possible?

When you think about it, not such a great surprise.  We know animals share most of their genes.  And many cell structures are very similar.  For example you can swop the mitochondria power packs from a cow cell into a human cell and they work perfectly. Ageing turns out to be an almost identical process in different animals even though it takes place at very different speeds which is why it so fascinating to study these differences, especially where we have very similar or seemingly identical animals with very different life expectancies.

You have written elsewhere of specific genes in humans which help predict old age

Yes that is correct. There are various genes which are far more common in people who live to more than 100 years old.  And they are similar in action to genes that we see in some long-lived animals.

Is it realistic to think that some humans might live for more than 150 years?

Well that is rather speculative.  What we do know is that life expectancy in humans has been steadily improving with one or two short term exceptions, and this is likely to continue.  If you think that my own grandmother lived until the age of 92, and was still working as a physician at the age of 82, what do you think will be the life expectancy of my daughter or her daughter who is now 4 years old?  Five generations on from my grandmother?  

Even if you imaging that life expectancy has only been increasing 3 years in every generation, that would suggest that my grand daughter could well be alive on her 107th birthday.  But the fact is that for the last 20 years the life expectancy of everyone in London has increased on average by one year in every four, which is the equivalent of 7 years in every 28 years.  

What are the easiest ways to add a decade to someone's life expectancy?

The answers are simple:

1.  Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day

2.  Exercise regularly - at least 2 hours a week (brisk walking does count)

3.  Don't smoke tobacco / use nicotine products

4.  Keep body weight at healthy level]

5.  Limit alcohol to one drink a day (average)

6.  Keep a positive outlook on life

7.  Form a happy, long term relationship

8.  Find work or volunteering that you enjoy and you feel makes a difference

9.  Move to a nation with excellent free health care

10.  Always see your doctor early if you have symptoms which might indicate serious health problems

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