Will you love to live for 1,000 years?

If you have ever heard of Methuselah and how he lived for 969 years and generally believed to be the oldest man ever, that record is about to be toppled.

Ageing is one thing that surely reminds one that he or she is getting closer to joining the ancestors, but scientists have continued to look for a way to break this cycle and give man the opportunity to live longer than Methuselah.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey has yielded his life to the pursuit of overcoming ageing in human and through the co-founding of the SENS Research Foundation he made it clear that their goal is to help build the industry that will cure the diseases of ageing.

They believe that “a world free of age-related disease is possible”. 

Grey is so much convinced that he told a gathering at a Virtual Futures event in London that the first person that will live to be 1,000 years-old has already been born. 

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Why Does He Believe So? 

In 2017 alone, there were significant breakthroughs in the realm of anti-aging research.

A research conducted in August at the Emory University School of Medicine, found that the indole molecule serves to give mice, worms, and fruit flies the healthy traits of a younger specimen, even as they reach old age.

Indoles apparently have the ability to prevent common signs of aging like weight loss and a reduced range of movement.

In October of the same year, a new stem cell treatment led to “striking” ant-aging results.

Again in November, researchers from the University of Exeter developed a new method that reverses aging in cells.

The key, according to their study, is switching back on a group of genes called splicing factors, which aging progressively shuts down.

One other reason Grey believes the first person to live till 1,000 years has been born could be seen in data from from World Population Prospects: the 2017 cited by the United Nations, which also showed that the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100.

ageing population in different countries

Globally, population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups.

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Grey is convinced that science will have found a way to perfect anti-aging treatments within the next 20 years.

Africa was, however, left out as a continent that will largely see the increase in the number of persons above 60.

It currently has more young people because its nations still believe in giving birth to more children and less on transgender practices.  

It is not also clear if the increase in the number of people above 60 is as a result of family planning, the refusal of some persons to give birth and or change gender. 

If there must be a cure for ageing, at least seven issues related to ageing identified by Grey have to be addressed.

He foresees the development of rejuvenation clinics that will address tissue atrophy, cancerous cells, mitochondrial mutations, death-resistant cells, extracellular matrix stiffening, extracellular aggregates, and intracellular aggregates.

Aging has been linked to Climate Change, but Grey believes that once the breakthrough is reached, it will not be an issue. 

Everything is possible to them that believe.

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