UCLA biologists have found a gene that can slow the aging process in the entire body when activated in specific organ systems. While working with fruit flies, these scientists activated a gene known as AMPK that is an important energy sensor in cells; which gets activated when cellular energy levels are getting low.
“AMP-activated protein kinase—an energy sensor that regulates all aspects of cell function. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a sensor of energy status that maintains cellular energy homeostasis.” - D. Grahame Hardie
In the study scientists found that increasing the amount of AMPK in fruit flies’ intestines increased their lifespans by about 30 percent. This puts them living around 8 weeks instead of the average 6 weeks.
This is like the average person who lives to be almost 80 to around 104 years. What is also interesting is that not only do the fruit flies live longer but they were healthier as well.
Now imagine if we applied this genetic technique to someone who is already supposed to live to be over 100 years old?
There is a whole group of people, known as Centenarians, that have lived to be over 100 years old. We have found a short documentary about two Supercentenarians, from the Spice Mountains of South Western India who have lived to be over 110! Check it out below!
If you found that interesting there are rumors that a man in China lived to be around 250 years old! Li Ching Yuen was an herbalist who practiced Qigong and said his secret to long life was to possess the following traits in your life:
- Tranquil mind
- Sit like a tortoise
- Walk sprightly like a pigeon
- Sleep like a dog
In addition to that list here are 9 Activities that are linked to a longer life!
1. Being Spiritual- Having some sort of spiritual practice or belief has been linked to longer lives. You don’t have to be a specific religion or even believe in God to qualify for this category. Having a reverence for life and believing in something more than yourself is enough to enjoy the benefits of a longer life.
2. Health or Healing knowledge- As you heard in the video above both of our Supercentenarians were known for their knowledge and ability to heal others. Perhaps the knowledge of healing isn’t only for ourselves. Perhaps science will find a spark of longevity in those who take the time to ease the suffering of others. Continue reading