Body Temperature

Jason Taylor theoblit at wam.umd.edu
Sat Jan 14 22:13:22 EST 1995

Jonathan Paul Carson (jpc4e at dayhoff.med.Virginia.EDU) wrote:
: Has anyone heard of a correlation between the maintenance of a
: lower average body temperature and longevity?

Well, if we didn't put on clothes when we got cold, the oxygen one
one uses is proportional to one's body temperature - room temperature.
And to first order, that would be coupled to your hydrogen peroxide
generation rate via ATP production. SOD aside, that gives you a zerth
order estimate to your aging rate.  But, of course, that in no way
answers your question.  

: I have also heard that an age of 120 is the putative upper
: limit of a human lifespan.  How was this number derived?

It might come from rounding the number you get (119.6?) when you look
up age in _The Guiness Book of World Records_.  Incidentially, it was
some dude from an Island in Japan that only recently died, who, as best
I recall, claimed that he owed it all to drinking something like
"firewater" (Sake?) each day.  Before him, you would of had to have
rounded up to the nearest decade to get 120, which is probably what
people were doing ten years ago.  Mark my words: twenty years from now
people will probably have to use 130 as the "upper" limit.  
Jason Taylor | "Doctor, don't cut so deep!

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