Hyperbaric Oxygen May Lengthen Telomeres And Your Life

Interior view of hyperbaric chamber.

A potential breakthrough may be happening in the field of anti-aging. Could pure oxygen lead to the fountain of youth?

Dr. Ed Park, author of The Telomere Miracle, explains aging and stem cells could possibly be affected by oxygen treatments.

“Every time a cell divides the telomeres have to shorten, and stem cells are the kinds of cells that have an enzyme that can re-lengthen them, making them kind of immortal. Even though they’re getting older, they’re getting older at a much slower rate than the non-stem cells,” Dr. Park said.

“What we do see is an incidental shortening of the telomeres and that reflects where they came from because their stem cells are getting older. So, if we can have something like breathing hyperbaric oxygen and it shows up in the blood cells at least, the inference, the hope is that it would show up in other cells,” he said.

A recent study out of Tel Aviv University published in the journal Aging, claims promising results using hyperbaric oxygen treatments to lengthen telomeres and reduce the accumulation of old and malfunctioning cells in the blood of test subjects. In the study, 35 healthy adults aged 64 and older received 60 daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments over three months.

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Study Claims Humans Can Live to 150 Years Old? But What's the Catch?

A new study on longevity says humans could live up to 150 years old. But does the science back up this claim?

A recent study by Singapore-based biotech firm GERO, examine the changes in blood cell counts and the number of steps taken by test subjects in the US, UK, and Russia. By studying these variables they found that people did not steadily decline as they age, but their resilience, or ability to bounce back from illness, stepped down over time. And barring disease or accidents, the maximum lifespan would be 150 years old when the body’s capacity for resilience would be exhausted.

Bill Andrews, president and CEO of Sierra Sciences, has studied anti-aging and telomeres for 30 years and is skeptical about this new claim.

“There have been at least five publications, and often times when I speak at conferences I’ll show those publications, in the last 25 years they’ve done a much better job of narrowing it down, and they’ve all come down to somewhere between 120 and 125 years,” Andrews said.

“Ok, so this new study that’s come out that claims 150 isn’t actually saying they’ve extended it out from 125 to 150, the accuracy of their data is not allowing them to give narrow answers. And when they contacted the press to make this press release about their study, they focused on the 150.”

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