Humans will never get older than 115: study

Humans will never get older than 115: study

Humans have been living to surprisingly great ages over the past many decades but a new study has suggested that we have reached the upper limit of human longevity.

On August 4, 1997, Jeanne Calment died in a nursing home in France at age of 122 years, setting a world record for human longevity. Researchers believe that humans will likely not see the likes of her again.

A team of researchers at the Einstein College of Medicine in New York has concluded that the maximum lifespan for humans is probably 115 years.

Sharing the conclusion of their new study on human longevity, Dr. Jan Vijg said, "It seems highly likely we have reached our ceiling. From now on, this is it. Humans will never get older than 115."

In 1968, the oldest age attained by a human was 111 years. By the 1990s, the maximum lifespan increased to roughly 115 years. But then the trend halted, with rare exceptions like that of Mrs. Calment. Since then, no one has lived beyond 115 years.

Prof. Jay Olshansky, of public health at the University of Illinois, had made a similar conclusion more than 25 years. He welcomed the new study, saying it told a very compelling story that there is some sort of limit to human lifespan.

Findings of the new study were detailed in the most recent edition of the journal Nature.