Researchers ‘successfully reverse human aging process’: Oxygen treatment changed the bodies of elderly people at the cellular level to how they were 25 years earlier, researchers claim
- Breathing pure oxygen can help reverse the aging process, researchers claim
- Researchers used oxygen therapy to reverse two key indicators of aging
- Researchers placed 35 healthy adults aged 64 years and older in a pressure chamber
- Sessions lasted 90 minutes and took place five days a week for three months
Researchers claim that they have successfully reversed the human aging process in a group of older adults in a breakthrough study.
Oxygen therapy changed the bodies of the elderly at the cellular level to how they were 25 years earlier, researchers claimed.
In a unique study, researchers used oxygen therapy to reverse two key indicators of biological aging – telomere shortening and an accumulation of failing aging cells.
As people get older, their bodies experience shortening of telomeres – the protective caps on chromosomes – leading to diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that inhaling oxygen while sitting in a pressurized chamber allowed telomeres – the protective caps on chromosomes – to grow back. (Stock image)
Senescent cells or so-called zombie cells prevent regeneration when they build up in the body over time.
The study used a method called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in an attempt to prevent deterioration of these two properties of the aging process.
In the study, published in the journal Aging, 35 healthy adults aged 64 years and older were placed in oxygen chambers under pressure in Israel and inhaled pure oxygen through a mask.
The sessions lasted 90 minutes each and took place five days a week for three months.
The chamber under pressure mimics a state of ‘hypoxia’ or lack of oxygen, allowing tissues to dissolve more oxygen, which has well-known regenerative effects.
The results show that the experiment allowed telomeres to grow back by more than 20 percent, while their aging cells had been reduced by up to 37 percent.
This is similar to how their bodies were at the mobile level 25 years earlier, the researchers said.
The sessions lasted 90 minutes each and took place for five days a week over three months. (Stock image)
‘As telomere shortening is considered the’ holy grail ‘of aging biology, many pharmacological and environmental interventions are being studied extensively in hopes of enabling telomere elongation,’ said Professor Shai Efrati, a professor at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine and co-author of the study.
‘The marked improvement in telomere length shown during and after these unique protocols provides the scientific community with a new foundation for understanding that aging can truly be targeted and reversed at the basic cellular-biological level,’ Efrati added.
The study is the latest in a series of trials trying to understand the anti-aging process and increase life expectancy while making people feel younger. The starting point is that aging can be cured as a disease, researchers claim.
In 2015, BioViva CEO Liz Parrish flew to Colombia to receive two experimental gene therapies that she claimed could make permanent changes to her DNA to fight muscle loss and grow her telomeres.
Parrish received criticism for undergoing experimental treatment by researchers, but she claims that gene therapy reversed the biological age of its immune cells by 20 years. She recently claimed that death is optional.
Previous studies have revealed that healthy eating and intense exercise can also maintain telomere length – but this experiment was unique because it exceeded natural interventions, the researchers said.
‘Until now, interventions such as lifestyle changes and intense exercise have been shown to have some inhibitory effect on the expected shortening of telomere length,’ said researcher Dr. Amir Hadanny from Tel Aviv’s Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research.
‘What is remarkable about our study, however, is that in just three months of therapy, we were able to achieve such a significant telomere extension – at rates far beyond any of the currently available interventions or lifestyle changes. . ‘ ‘