Scientists have created a breakthrough by formulating a drug that claims to enhance the lifespan of human beings. A 20-year test conducted on monkeys suggests that those on caloric restriction had lowered their chances of heart disease, cancer and diabetes than their well-fed counterparts.
Long lifespan isn’t unheard of. Several examples in nature display longer lifespan. Tortoises live for 200 years, sea corals for 4000 years while bristlecone pine is believed to live for more than 5000 years.
When asked about monkey test results, research head Dr. Sinclair says, “There is more weight on side of those believing it is possible. Based on mice reports, Sinclair stressed that both sirtuin-activating drugs and caloric restriction drugs could postpone many aging signs, which, itself, was a significant advance.
Dr. Miller, on the other hand, believes there can’t be a clear distinction between other aging frailties and disease. He says, “If a doctor charges for it, we call it a disease. However, white hair, wrinkled skin or feeling bad in the morning aren’t diseases”. He believes intrinsic aging notion isn’t that well defined, and, contrary to evolutionary biologists’ theories, there could be some other ways to intervene in aging process.
Evolutionary biologists believe that lifespan of each species is adapted to its surrounding environment. At most, mice live a year in wild since death due to freezing, prowling cats and owls are extremely frequent.
The theory concludes that if mice had wings, they would have escaped their predators better, meaning the natural selection would favor a long life. This is supported by Maryland University’s Gerald S Wilkinson, whose research concludes that bats have 3.5 times higher lifespan than flightless mammals of same size.
All this leads to a conclusion that lifespan isn’t fixed, but it could be extended. So the question now comes around to, “Should you pop the pill or not?” The choice is entirely yours!