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Scientists have discovered a person's maximum life span

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 7/09/2017 Harriet Pavey

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Scientists have discovered a person's maximum life span - and a healthy lifestyle might not extend it.

According to new research, swapping jam donuts for the gym won’t make you immortal because the life span of a human being is ultimately limited, no matter how healthy you are.

A study conducted in the Netherlands found that a woman will live no longer than 115.7. For men, it is slightly lower at 114.1 years.

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The research comes from statisticians at Tilburg and Rotterdam’s Erasmus University. They studied data from 75,000 people who have died in the Netherlands in the last 30 years.

Professor John Einmahl, one of the three scientists who conducted the research, told the Medical Express: “On average, people live longer, but the very oldest among us have not gotten older over the last thirty years.

There is certainly some kind of a wall here.

“Of course the average life expectancy has increased. Nevertheless, the maximum ceiling hasn't changed.”

The study shows there’s only so much a healthy lifestyle can do: the life span is unlikely to ever increase beyond 115.

However, the oldest person is thought to have been Jeanne Louise Calment who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days in 1997. Jeanne reportedly ate a kilogram of chocolate a week.

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