The anti-aging market is one potential scam that continues to sell. And we haven’t been immune to its allure, reporting on a slew of new anti-aging breakthroughs.
A new study by an international collaboration of scientists from 14 different countries may paint anti-aging efforts as all frauds. The study puts to the test the “invariant rate of aging” hypothesis, which states that a species has a relatively fixed rate of aging beginning in adulthood that is unlikely to be affected by anti-aging efforts.
The study, which was published in Nature Communications, used a “collection of 39 human and nonhuman primate datasets across seven genera.”
“Our findings support the invariant rate of aging hypothesis,” the researchers wrote. “This implies biological constraints on how much the human rate of aging can be slowed.”
What exactly does this mean? Essentially, it confirms that death cannot be avoided. Life expectancy may have increased as a result of improved environmental factors, but at the end of the day, we are all destined to grow old and die.
“Our findings confirm that life expectancy was low in historical populations because many people died young,” said José Manuel Aburto of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science to The Guardian.
“However, as medical, social, and environmental advancements continued, so did life expectancy. People are living much longer lives than ever before. However, the path to death in old age has remained unchanged. This study suggests that evolutionary biology takes precedence over everything, and that medical advances have thus far been unable to overcome these biological constraints.”
So, what can be done? Live well while you can and try to enjoy life to the fullest. There’s a sense of relief in knowing it’ll all be over soon. It forces you to be your best self and take care of those around you in many ways. Isn’t it time we stopped being afraid of getting older?