The upper limit of human mortality is 150 years old?

Even without biohacking? Apparently so.

So. I’m obsessed with wearables. I live for Oura. It’s in my top five product buys of all time. Biohacking was one of the ways I recovered from a traumatic brain injury. So I don’t love seeing news which suggests I can’t live to 156 years old. But that’s what I saw online today; my dreams are officially crushed. Darn.

I won’t be the only one either. There is an entire subculture obsessed with immortality. They’re pouring investments into biohacking technologies on their quest for living forever. We don’t want to spoil their fun, but sometimes we have to, as a new study suggests the upper limit of human mortality is 150 years old.

The study, conducted by a collab between a research team of Gero — a Singapore-based biotech company — and the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Buffalo, New York, researchers analysed the volunteer’s health data using AI. The study found two crucial data points for human lifespan: biological age and resilience. The former is connected with stress, lifestyle, and chronic diseases, and the latter is related to how fast a person reverts to normal conditions following a stressor response.

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Researchers asked the question, “What’s the longest life that a human complex system could live if everything else went really well, and it’s in a stress-free environment?”. In doing so, they established the “pace of aging,” which found that human bodies aren’t immortal but have an “absolute limit” of 120 to 150 years old.

Does this mean we should stop biohacking? Probably not. There are ways we can biohack our biological age, and the study shows biological age matters. So that’s somewhere we can focus.

If you want to learn more about the study, do that here.

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