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Israeli scientists claim to ‘reverse’ aging in blood cells with pressure chamber

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An Israeli doctor says he has brought about physical changes in human blood cells that “reverse” aging, using an oxygen therapy.

Shai Efrati reported in a peer-reviewed journal article that his research team’s 60-day therapy lengthened telomeres, the structures found at the ends of chromosomes, on average by more than a fifth.

He claims this represents a “holy grail” in the battle against aging. However, some other physicians have reservations, and are concerned that he may be opening a Pandora’s box that could end up causing health problems.

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“We try to address aging with physical exercise and changes to diet, but this only slows decline,” Efrati told The Times of Israel. “We’re showing that we can actually take the biological clock backwards and improve the quality of blood cells. This means we can start to look at aging as a reversible disease.”

The Tel Aviv University associate professor said that in the near future, large numbers of people could sign up for the therapy he gave to subjects in his trial: a course of sessions in a pressurized — or hyperbaric — chamber, breathing pure oxygen for some of the time. A hyperbaric chamber using the Shai anti-aging Efrati’s protocol. (courtesy of Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine)


© The Times of Israel

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