Body Temperature

x011 at ns1.CC.Lehigh.EDU x011 at ns1.CC.Lehigh.EDU
Fri Jan 13 10:21:03 EST 1995

In article <D2BHvL.r3 at murdoch.acc.Virginia.EDU>, jpc4e at dayhoff.med.Virginia.EDU
(Jonathan Paul Carson) writes:
>Has anyone heard of a correlation between the maintenance of a
>lower average body temperature and longevity?
>I have also heard that an age of 120 is the putative upper
>limit of a human lifespan.  How was this number derived?
>Also...In the latest Scientific American there is a nice little
>article that has summarized some studies on the health of the
>oldest old--those who have survived to age 90 and beyond.  The
>author claims that this is a particularly hardy population that
>has managed to avoid the "typical" routes to mortality suffered
>by those a few years younger (eg. heart disease, cancer, AD,
>etc.).  So essentially, the average 95 year old may be mentally
>sharper and physically healthier than the average 75 year old.
Yes, I have heard of it.  My mother had a lower body temperature all
of her very short life.  She like many of other low body temperature
people died from cancer.  So if you can stop the cancer the lower
temperature may increase lifespan.
Ron Blue

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