There are many uses for large devices called hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the medical field. They can be used to treat injuries and can put a human under enough pressure so that oxygen can be forced directly into the tissues without the need for blood flow. A group of researchers said they reversed the aging process in the elderly by using the hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
The first such study was conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University and targeted specific cells and DNA linked to shorter lifespans. During the study, the researchers investigated whether oxygen therapy in a pressurized environment could reverse the effects of aging in 35 people over the age of 64.
Elderly participants were placed in the bedroom for 90 minutes a day, five days a week for three months. The team studied the impact on senescent cells, which are associated with the deterioration of tissues and organs. The researchers also measure the length of each participant’s telomere, which is a molecule linked to premature cell aging.
The researchers found that the telomeres had enlarged by an average length of 20 percent while the senescent cells decreased by up to 37 percent by the end of the test. According to the team of scientists, this is equivalent to being 25 years younger. Trial participants were not required to make any lifestyle, diet or medication changes, all of which have been proven in the past to impact a person’s biological age.
Researchers, including doctors at Shamir Medical Center, believed the pressurized chamber caused brief oxygen shortages, leading to cell regeneration. The team says it’s remarkable that they achieved such significant telomere lengthening in just three months of therapy.