WATCH: "Human Longevity and a New Vision of
iProsper Media has had the privilege of speaking with
a husband and wife research team, both of whom have been in the field of
aging and longevity science for 30 years, about their recent findings
29 August 2013
We all want to live to 100, but what are the
chances? For Dr. Leonid Gavrilov and Dr. Natalia Gavrilova, this isn’t a
hypothetical question, but a topic that can be researched to bring
about a better understanding of how humans age, and even how we can live
Their new presentation, "Human Longevity and a
New Vision of Aging," has been filmed and released on YouTube for
anyone with an interest in living longer, or better understanding the
effects of aging, to view.
In it, Dr. Gavrilov says that it’s a myth
that “aging is just a problem for the elderly," as scientifically "aging
is a problem for everyone older than 10 years," as aging starts very
early and age-related death rates start to increase after the 10th
birthday. In fact, after the age of 10, every 10 years of life doubles
our mortality chances.
Because of this, "aging is a topic for everybody and everyone to be concerned about," said Dr. Gavrilov.
In order to study how to make humans live
longer, the two scientists decided to study "success stories" of aging:
centenarians, or people who have lived for 100 years or more. The first
question was: what was different between centenarians and their
shorter-lived siblings? These people were raised in the same families,
ate the same foods early in live, and shared other similar life
experiences. So what makes centenarians special?
Strangely, people born in November had a
higher chance of living to 100 than their shorter-lived siblings.
Perhaps less surprisingly, the researchers found that people born to
young mothers have twice as high chances to live to 100 than their
siblings born to mothers later in their lives. As Dr. Gavrilova
explained, their research leads them to "believe that not only the first
nine months, but also the early life conditions during childhood"
greatly shape life expectancy, propensity towards mortal diseases, and
Joe Luong, Director at PensionCalculator.org said,"Once again the team of Dr. Leonid Gavrilov and his wife Dr. Natalia Gavrilova
has shown us that there are many causal effects to aging and living
longer. Where we were born, when we were born, to whom we were born
with etc.. all affects our longevity. As they said, 'For centenarians, it all begins at birth' ".
You can watch new video of this lecture 'Human Longevity and a New Vision of Aging'