Healthy Aging: How Old is the Human Body Designed to Get?

A numerologist once told me that the human body is designed to live for 120 years. The good news in this belief is that we are only at the halfway mark when we reach 60. So other than getting hit by a bus, why do humans fall short of this target?

In a July 28 article posted on naturalnews.com entitled “Reversing the Aging Process Naturally, Part I,” Dr. David Jockers explains how the 120-year projection was biologically determined. “At the very top of each end of the chromosome is the telomere,” he states. “The average telomere is about 15,000 bases long at conception. As we develop in the womb, the process of cellular division begins. As the cells divide, the telomeres begin to shorten. During the 9-month gestation period we lose 5,000 bases. So by the time we are born, we are already down to 10,000 bases. According to the most cutting-edge new theory on aging, your telomere length will dictate your aging process and eventual death. Once your telomeres reduce down to about 5,000 bases, your DNA can no longer support life.”

The same scientists responsible for these findings predict that, with normal cellular division, it should take us about 120 years for our telomeres to drop to 5,000 bases. However, genetics and certain lifestyle habits, reduce this number. Free radicals and chronically elevated insulin levels are just two of the factors that can accelerate cellular division and shorten one’s life span.

Growth hormone is one of the solutions that Dr. Jockers suggests for increased health and longevity. Theoretically, anything that increases our anti-oxidant defenses and keeps our insulin levels in check should also help. Personally, I am a big believer in eastern medicine remedies, exercise and healthy eating. In particular, I believe that weight lifting and balance exercises become more important with age since most adults begin losing at least 5 pounds of muscle each decade as early as their 30s. And any activity that helps reduce stress, like yoga, meditation or even prayer, should also sustain our telomeres a little longer.

Bottom line: while we can’t control our longevity completely, there are things we can do to stay positively healthy and as empowered as possible.

What do you think? Do you think that people could really live to be 120 years old? Would you want to? And if so, what do YOU think is the best way to extend your active years?

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One Response to “Healthy Aging: How Old is the Human Body Designed to Get?”
  1. 120 years seems a little long, maybe there is a consciousness raising/development piece that needs to go along with it.

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