There are many uses for large devices known as hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the medical field. They can be used to treat wounds and can put a person under enough pressure so that oxygen can be pushed directly into the tissues without the need for blood flow. A group of researchers said that they reversed the aging process in elderly people using a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
the first Researchers from Tel Aviv University conducted a study of this type targeting specific cells and DNA associated with a shorter lifespan. During the study, researchers investigated whether oxygen therapy in a stressful environment would reverse the effects of aging in 35 people over the age of 64.
The elderly participants were placed in the room for 90 minutes a day, five days a week for three months. The team studied the effect this had on senescent cells associated with tissue and organ degeneration. The researchers also measure each participant’s telomere length, a molecule linked to premature cellular aging.
The researchers found that telomeres swelled by an average length of 20 percent while senescent cells decreased by up to 37 percent by the end of the experiment. According to the team of scientists, that’s the equivalent of being 25 years younger. Participants in the experiment were not asked to change their lifestyle, diet, or medications – all things that have been shown in the past to affect a person’s biological life.
Researchers, including doctors from Shamir Medical Center, believed that the pressurized room caused a short lack of oxygen, which caused cell regeneration. The team says it is remarkable that they achieved such significant telomeric elongation in just three months of treatment.