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Immortality & How to Live Forever

Greatist HOW TO LIVE FOREVER The quest for immortality is as old as history itself. Today, we study the habits of those who live the longest, and invest countless billions in technology we hope will allow us to live forever. LIFE EXPECTANCY AND LONGEVITY Life expectancy in the U.S. is currently: Life expectancy - statistical measurement of the years a newborn child can expect to 80.8 75.7 YEARS for women live, barring accidents and unnatural events. YEARS for men The U.S. ranks 37th in the world for longevity. LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE UNITED STATES PROJECTED ESTIMATES 80 2020 2000 2005 2010 2015 1990 70 1980 1960 1970 60 WHAT STOPS US FROM LIVING FOREVER? No one has found a way to Cheat death, at least not yet. Our quest for longevity is often thwarted by a few big, predictable causes of death. TOP CAUSES OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES CAUSE OF DEATH NO. OF DEATHS ANNUALLY Heart disease 616,067 Cancer 562,875 Stroke 135,952 Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 127,924 (COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and smoking-related disorders) Accidents 123.706 ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE Specific lifestyle choices may help you live a longer, healthy life. While many seem simple, there is a science behind how they slow the aging process. 1. RESTRICT YOUR WORK WEEK Working no more than 40-50 hours each week adds a YEAR AND A HALF TO YOUR LIFE. However, working reasonable hours through retirement actually adds years to your life. When at work though, GIVE IT 110%. This breeds longevity by establishing an identity. Challenges and good stress actually increase longevity. 2. CALORIE RESTRICTION The theory is simple: eating less helps you live longer. Reduce your daily calorie intake by 25%. More than just a weight Being in a state of slight hunger stresses the body, making it stronger and more resistant against the aging process. Taking in fewer calories also slows metabolism, and studies confirm that people with a slower metabolism live longer. issue: Autophagy is how cells remove damaged parts and recycle these materials into new parts. Calorie restriction gives cell autophagy process a boost. By removing these damaged parts, cells may age more slowly, increasing longevity. 3. RED, RED WINE Resveratrol is a natural ingredient in both red and white grapes. Benefits include: Protects eyes from macular degeneration. Promotes Protects cells from Promotes healthy cardiovascular health. free-radical damage. blood sugar levels. Low doses of resveratrol protect both the heart and brain by preventing cell damage. Free radicals are unstable, organic molecules responsible for aging and tissue damage. It activates a cell's survival mechanisms. 4. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE? is a great source of flavonoids. Dark chocolate protein actin. Free radical damage has been linked to aging, heart disease, and different types of cancers. Flavonoids are antioxidants that reduce oxidative cell damage caused by free radicals. binding site for flavonoids Studies suggest the flavonoids in dark chocolate actually slow the aging process and help prevent age-related disease. SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS Our road to everlasting life leads through the laboratory. Some key scientific breakthroughs are leading us ever closer to a new Fountain of Youth. HOW LONG ARE YOUR TELOMERES? Telomeres are tiny New research shows that Chronic psychological pieces of DNA that keep chromosomes from unraveling. short telomeres are linked stress causes damage to many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and early death. deep within human cells, which can shorten telomeres. Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that EXERCISE keeps stress from shortening the length of telomeres. As little as 10-15 MINUTES of vigorous exercise each day can prevent the shortening of telomeres, reducing aging's effect on cells. PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF LIVING Science fiction is quickly becoming science fact. Here are a few examples of how future advancements could guide us toward immortality. GROW YOUR OWN HEART Scientists have already figured out a way to grow human heart cells in the laboratory. Using stem cells to regenerate organs. In the future, heart transplant patients will be able to grow their own. This could pave the way for growable livers, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. SEND IN THE ROBOTS Some leading robotics theorists believe that we may be able to create tiny nanobots that travel through our bloodstreams. These robots could eliminate cancer cells and harmful pathogens before they spread throughout the body. GENETIC ENGINEERING The Human Genome Project has successfully identified and mapped all of the genes that make up human DNA. Future implications Genes linked to aging could be modified or replaced to allow us to live longer. for this research include genetic AA engineering. Early detection and possible elimination of disease. HUMAN MACHINES Some futurists propose we will someday be able to upload human consciousness onto a computer system. COMPUTER HARDWARE would be installed in A person's consciousnes would then become essentially immortal. the brain. Consciousness would no longer end with the body's destruction. ------- LONGEVITY GURUS He says humans will become immortal by middle of this century. A.l., or artificial intelligence, will render biological humans extinct, but human consciousness will remain intact. RAY KURZWEIL, inventor and futurist A.I. models of our actual brains will be used to extend our human abilities of intelligence and physical strength. Takes 250 SUPPLEMENTS every day to extend his life. AUBREY DE GREY, molecular biologist and biogerontologist, believes the 1st human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. Defeat aging by eliminating the relationship between your physical age and how likely you are to die. Fight cellular death, which begins as soon as we are born and accumulates throughout life. BEATING THE CLOCK HOW THEY DID IT NAME AGE AT DEATH COUNTRY HEALTHY HABITS Rode a bicycde until she was 100 years old. Drank red wine and ate lots of chocolate. Jeanne Calment 122 years, 164 days *World's Oldest Person France to Have Lived 119 years, United Lived a tranquil life with Sarah Knauss 97 days States little stress. Marie-Louise Meilleur 117 years, 230 days Canada Hard work. MarĂ­a Capovilla 116 years, 347 days Never drank hard liquor or smoked. Ecuador Christian Positive attitude, refrained from alcohol, surrounded himself with Mortensen Denmark/ 115 years, 252 days *World's Oldest Man to U.S. Have Lived friends. Emiliano Mercado del Toro 115 years, 156 days Puerto Maintained a sense of Rico humor. For last 36 years of his life, he only ate 2 meals a day. Worked until he was 99 years old. United 114 years, 205 days Walter Breuning States In your lifetime, will science or technology create an IIMMORTAL HUMAN? It's impossible to say, but society is racing toward the answer impressive pace. The human mind is LIMITLESS, and one day, our bodies may be as well. an SOURCES Infographic design by vc Voltier Creative http://www.census.gov http://esa.un.org http://www.cdc.gov http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov http://www.enlightennext.org http://www.economist.com http://jama.ama-assn.org http://www.health.gov http://www.healthfinder.gov http://blog.nielsen.com http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com http://www.time.com http://www.nytimes.com http://scienceray.com http://www.jacklalanne.com http://www.sens.org http://www.nature.com http://www.kurzweiltech.com http://www.fantastic-voyage.net http://www.bumc.bu.edu www.cnn.com http://www.fightaging.org http://www.sciencedaily.com http://www.usatoday.com

Immortality & How to Live Forever

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The concept of living forever is attractive but we know unattainable, however with modern science and research we've found that there are ways to add years to your life. This infographic provides info...

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