Spring Chicken is a full-throttle, high-energy ride through the latest research, popular mythology, and ancient wisdom on aging and lifespan - from wrinkles and baldness down to the innermost workings of cells - that examines how human beings might be able to live longer, healthier lives.
We’ve been tantalised by the idea of eternal youth since time immemorial. We’re always asking how we can live longer and better. Or, to put it another way, why can’t we all be like Madame Calment, who cycled till she was 100, smoked till she was 117 and died at the wonderfully old age of 122? Join veteran reporter Bill Gifford for a rip-roaring ride along the trail to the fountain of youth.
What if, instead of dying at 80 or 85, the average person lived to be 100? False promises of longer lives, even immortality, date back to the days of the alchemists, of course. So far there has not been much evidence to support such optimism. But some scientists believe centenarians really do age more slowly than the average person. Legitimate findings of current biological research hint that periods of extreme calorie restriction affect the life spans of cells.