Thursday, July 8, 2010

Can HBOT Slow Aging?

We submit the curious case of the Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) to one curious questioner on Yahoo! Answers.

Question: Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy make us age slower? Some people say it could. Others say there is no evidence for such. Anyone know of any realistic studies done?

Answer: Oh you'll never find a realistic study on anti-aging with hyperbaric oxygen, or with any other therapy. So let's go totally surreal. One Hundred Years of Solitude surreal.

Last month a group from LSU in New Orleans shared the results of a butterfly experiment. Yes, butterflies. What a great idea, huh? Lifespans in hyperbaric oxygen were pretty much normal for the caterpillar and chrysalis stages but quite longer than normal for the imago: 19.4 days with HBO versus 14 days average in nature.

This particular group of winged insects lived 38.5% longer in a hyperbaric oxygen habitat. Fascinating.

You and I can probably count on better results with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep.
Source(s): Gomez JE, et al, Louisiana State Univ Sch of Med. Controlled habitat for butterflies suitable for hyperbaric conditions research. Poster: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, Annual Scientific Meeting. June 2010.

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