Human lifespan with limits: Dutch Scientist
|Dutch Scientist Professor John Einmahl-File Photo|
Report Web Desk : THE HAGUE: Dutch researchers claimed to have discovered the maximum age “ceiling” for human lifespan, despite growing life expectancy because of better nutrition, living conditions and medical care. Mining data from some 75,000 Dutch people whose exact ages were recorded at the time of death, statisticians at Tilburg and Rotterdam Erasmus universities pinned the maximum ceiling for female lifespan at 115.7 years. Men came in slightly lower at 114.1 years in the samples taken from the data which spans the last 30 years, said Professor John Einmahl, one of three scientists conducting the study. “On average, people live longer, but the very oldest among us have not gotten older over the last thirty years,” said Einmahl. “There is certainly some kind of a wall here. Of course the average life expectancy has increased,” he said, pointing out the number of people turning 95 in The Netherlands had almost tripled. “Nevertheless, the maximum ceiling itself has not changed,” he said. Lifespan is the term used to describe how long an individual lives, while life expectancy is the average duration of life that individuals in an age group can expect to have — a measure of societal well being.