Scientists may have uncovered the secret of eternal youth after experimenting with OAPs in Israel.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that healthy adults over 64 years old started to age when placed in pressurized oxygen chambers for 90 minutes a day.
The test patients were exposed to pure oxygen in the chambers five days a week for three months – with evidence showing that the aging process had not only slowed down but actually reversed.
Professor Shai Efrati from Tel Aviv University led the study together with a team from the Shamir Medical Center. Their findings now give hope that a range of diseases, including cancer, can be overcome by the new treatment.
The Jerusalem Post has reported about the study, quoting the scientists as saying, “The study focused on whether the process could reverse two key indicators of biological aging, the shortening of DNA telomeres and the accumulation of resulting aging cells.”
They continued, “A telomere is the end of a chromosome. Telomeres are made of repetitive sequences of non-coding DNA that act as bumpers to protect the chromosome from damage during replication.
“Every time replication takes place, these bumpers are hit, shortening them.
“Once the telomere reaches a certain length, the cell can no longer replicate, which leads to aging cells: aging, malfunctioning cells that eventually lead to cognitive or other age-related limitations and even diseases, such as cancer.”
The study involved 35 adults over 64 years of age who received hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) with 100% oxygen in pressurized containers.
Scientists monitored the cellular impact of the oxygen treatment by asking the test patients to take off their masks for five minutes every 20 minutes during their treatment cycles.
Their results showed an increase in attention, processing speed and decision-making among the tested subjects.
The scientists argue that the results of the changes would mean that as a result of the treatment, the participants would have seen their cognitive reflexes as 25 years younger.
Professor Efrati said the research “gives hope and opens the door for many young scientists to address aging as a reversible disease”.
He further speculated that the treatment could cause people to live longer, saying, “We know people with shorter telomeres die earlier, so it makes sense.”