Last week researchers at Tel Aviv University discovered that healthy adults over the age of 64 began to de-age when placed in hyperbaric oxygen chambers (Hbot therapy) for 90 minutes per day.
The test patients were subjected to pure oxygen (100%) at approximately 2.0 atm (atmospheric pressure) while in the hyperbaric chambers, five days (weekends were off) a week for three months – with evidence showing that not only had the aging process been delayed, it was actually reversed.
Professor Shai Efrati from the Tel Aviv University led the research along with a team from Shamir Medical Centre with their findings now giving hope that a range of diseases including cancer could be defeated by the new treatment.
"The study focused on whether the process could reverse two key indicators of biological ageing, the shortening of DNA telomeres and the accumulation of resultant senescent cells."
They continued: "A telomere is the end of a chromosome. Telomeres are made of repetitive sequences of non-coding DNA that serve as bumpers to protect the chromosome from damage during replication.
"Every time replication happens, these bumpers take a hit, making them shorter and shorter.
"Once the telomere reaches a certain length, the cell cannot replicate anymore, which leads to senescent cells: ageing, malfunctioning cells that ultimately lead to cognitive or other age-related disabilities and even diseases, such as cancer."
The study involved 35 adults over the age of 64 being given hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) utilizing 100% oxygen inside pressurised containers.
Scientists monitored the cellular impact of the oxygen treatment by asking the test patients to remove their masks every 20 minutes for five minutes during their treatment cycles.
As a result of the treatment, the telomeres were able to grow back to the length they were 25 years ago, essentially demonstrating that it is possible to wind the clock back on parts of the human body. Previous studies have also found that removing senescent cells in animals could extend their life by up to a third.
Their results also showed an increase in attention, processing speed, and decision making among those tested.
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