Humans could live to the age of 180 by the year 2100, scientists have claimed.
Léo Belzile, assistant professor at the HEC Montreal in Canada, has suggested that the record for the oldest person to have lived could be smashed by the end of the century.
The current record belongs to Jeanne Calment, a French woman who lived to the age of 122 before her death in 1997, while over a dozen people are currently verified to be over the age of 110.
Professor Belzile has warned that some data does not suggest there is an upper limit to human lifespan and that the “human lifespan lies well beyond any individual lifetime yet observed or that could be observed in the absence of major medical advances”, the Daily Mail reports.
He warned that more people pushing the current limits of lifespan will have massive ramifications for society, such as a high increase in medical bills as people suffer from ailments caused by extreme old age.
Similarly, social care, pensions and other social security programmes could also face a severe crisis, as more people than ever rely on them with fewer taxpayers.
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Professor Eileen Crimmins, a life expectancy expert at the University of Southern California, told The Times: “You're going to have incredible medical bills.
“If you're going to have to make major interventions to keep them alive and healthy, it's going to be an incredible expenditure to replace all their knees, all their hips, their corneas, their heart valves.
“We can probably do this, it's like keeping an old car running. But eventually it'll die.”
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The International Database on Longevity – which tracks people who live to at least the age of 110 – said that the risk of dying increases steadily from the age of 50 but slows at the age of 80 and could even level off by the age of 110, with the chances of dying in the next year reaching 50%.
Professor Crimmins added: “Nobody has lived beyond 122. The fact that somebody might live to 130, OK, fine, what's the big deal?
“If you throw the dice enough times the probability that somebody is going to make it a little longer is always a little bit higher.”
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