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Stem Cells Will Help Us Live To 200

Stem Protect
Posted on: 06 Dec 17

We could live to an average of 200 years old, according to specialist stem cell experts.

Through the advanced technology of stem cell storage and renewal, our bodies can be repaired and restored no matter what health problems with might face, effectively reversing or stalling the ageing process.

Spokesperson for the UKs stem cell bank - Mark Hall said: “In just the same way as we might replace a joint such as a hip with a specially made synthetic device, we can now replace cells in the body with new cells which are healthy and younger versions of the ones they’re replacing.

“That means we can replace diseased or ageing cells - and parts of the body - with entirely new ones which are completely natural and healthy.”

The potential for cosmetic and health related uses are countless, and could stall ill health and ageing to the point where we extend our lives by more than a century.

The work is already underway to determine just how stem cells can be deployed to keep us younger for longer .

At new trials in Miami, 15 elderly and frail patients were reported to have improved breathing and movement after just a single infusion of stem cells taken from younger and healthier donors. Further studies with a group of 30 people replicated this result, with the average age of the patients being 78 years old.

The studies are aimed to show that stem cell infusions are safe and beneficial as we age, and could pave the way for a future i which regular treatments from an even earlier age are the norm, prolonging our lives in a healthy and comfortable way.

Stem cell researcher Daisy Robinton, from Harvard University, has presented incredibly popular and mainstream TED talks about her work in stem cell research, including ‘Can We Engineer the End of Ageing?’. In it, she discusses genome editing in human stem cells to eliminate diseases, and the huge benefits this can have to an ageing population.

So what do people think of the idea of living to 200? It seems the public are warming to the idea of what stem cell banking can do for our lifespan.

Kerry, 25, from Sussex, said: “I never liked the idea of living for a long time if I’m going to spend years and years being old and knackered, but if I can be healthy and replace all my old cells with new ones then that changes things a lot. I’d be much more up for living to 200 under those circumstances.”

And James, 67, from London, agrees, saying: “I’ve had health problems in the past few years, all just down to age and bad habits over the years, so I can appreciate the difference that being totally health at my age would make. It’s mad to think people could live to more than three times my age but if they can do it in a way that they can avoid the health problems I’m having then good luck to them, who wouldn’t want that?”

It seems that our fear of getting older isn’t so much the number of candles on our birthday cake, but more the daunting nature of age-related health problems, infirmity and physical decline. If we’re able to take those things out of the picture through widespread use of stem cells, we may start saying that life begins at 140 and looking forward to coming of age at 100.

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 06/12/2017

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