72 years old. That is how much the average life expectancy in Russia is. Well, this is not the worst indicator compared to the Central African Republic, where the population is able to live only to 45 years. However, if you do not take into account the low life expectancy in poor African countries, the question arises: can a person born in more or less comfortable conditions, leading a healthy lifestyle and not suffering from an excess of physical work, live up to 150 years?
How old is the oldest person on the planet?
Recognized record holder in durationlife became a Frenchwoman Jeanne Kalman, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years. The last 12 years of her life, the long-lived woman spent in the nursing home of Arles, where she died, having managed to become famous throughout the world. Despite the fact that Zhanna Kalman never led a healthy lifestyle and smoked 2 cigarettes daily for 97 years, she was the one who managed to set a similar record, literally outliving all her competitors who claimed to be the oldest person in the world.
Despite the fact that a woman is officiallyRecognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest resident of the Earth, it is likely that this 127-year-old grandmother from Kabardino-Balkaria named Nanu Shaova, who still lives, has taken this honorary title for a long time.
The fact is, the date of birth of Nanu Shaova,which is indicated in black and white in the passport - 00.00.1890. The age of the elderly woman was last specified in the distant 1960 during the census. Then, in order to find out at least the year of her birth, I had to interview Nanu’s neighbors and next of kin, as the woman herself did not remember her age.
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How many years lived before?
If you look at the average statisticslife expectancy on the planet, then we can see a very interesting trend: from year to year, human life is only increasing. This phenomenon is associated with an increase in the level of medicine, education and culture. So, by the age of 30, primitive people were considered to be deep old people, the ancient Greeks and ancient Romans could retire at 29 years old, and the inhabitants of medieval cities were considered elderly at about 33 years of age. Such sad statistics continued until the 19th century, when in connection with the development of technology and complex sciences, the average life expectancy of a person finally began to increase. It was at this crucial moment for humanity that the average life expectancy in European countries was able to almost double: from 34 years to 65.
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Can a person live up to 150 years?
According to biologists and geneticists, an increaselife expectancy of up to 150 years is not only impossible, but very likely. Siegfried Hekimi, a professor of biology at McGill University, believes that some of those born in the 21st century will already be able to live to the age of 150 without particularly making any effort. In his study, Hekimi ranked those achievements of the last century that related to vaccination, food safety, hygiene, overall stress reduction and hard physical work, to achievements that have a huge impact on the number of years a person has lived.
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According to Professor Hekimi, the reasons forwhich previous generations of people could not live to such a venerable age, are hardly associated with genetic characteristics. So, modern centenarians, including the one mentioned above, Jeanne Kalman, could not survive to the age of 150 due to the fact that the entire modern level of comfort could affect these people only partially.
Life at the beginning of the 20th century is significantly different from the life of the 21st century and is most often characterized by heavy and protracted wars, a lot of stress and, in some cases, banal malnutrition.
If so, then the modern generation hasa good opportunity to live a little longer than the time allotted to him. And if scientists had the opportunity to preserve their youth, then, perhaps, to live the specified 150 years would be much more interesting. However, this is a completely different story.