Fancy Being a Foxy 120 Year Old?
Imagine being young for almost all your long life? That could be the future if new research on reversing the ageing process proves fruitful.
Studies done by US and Australian scientists have managed to not only stop mice from getting older but actually turned back their body clock. Could the elixir of life be just around the corner?
Harvard Medical School & the University of New South Wales researchers found that giving a molecule known as NAD to mice improved their muscles, reduced inflammation, and increased insulin sensitivity (that's like turning a 60 year old body into a 20 year old's).
While this is an exciting step, human trials will be the next hurdle. But think of the possibilities. You could live an extra 30 or 40 years in good health, making today’s seniors tomorrows spring chickens.
Of course there are downsides. Can you imagine what banks will do? “Yes, we can give you a loan with attractive payments… over 100 years.”
Governments will love dodging the ageing population bullet, pushing back retirement ages to a hundred and thirty. And, gymnasiums will start selling a “youthful sensual you at 122”.
It’s enough to do your head in. You’ll be working for decades more, paying off more and for longer with those loans. And, you'll want to keep your looks going longer so you can still look sexy at 160.
Soldiers will be in their seventies. Retirement homes will cater for the over 180's. School will teach “young people” reach until their 50s… And, I hate to say it, but your adult kids will probably want to stay home at least until their 60s…
Life will never be the same again.