Amish people live longer thanks to mutated DNA.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine conducted a study examining the Amish people in Indiana and found a gene called "SERPINE1" that is “one of the first clear-cut genetic mutations in human beings that act upon aging and aging-related disease.”
It works by eliminating the Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI1) protein from building up in our bodies and thereby preventing aging. Lead researcher Dr. Douglas Vaughan, says there are “a number of factors that drive PAI-1 production in the body, including glucose and insulin and inflammation and oxidative stress. All of those factors, in a roundabout way, contribute to aging, and they all sort of converge on PAI-1.” His 40-person team was surprised how cooperative this Amish community was, allowing them to test ~200 people.
Other schools are studying how to block this age-inducing protein. In Japan's Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Dr. Toshio Miyata started drugs trials attempting to replicate SERPINE1's affects to reduce the PAI1 protein. If successful, they may have one of the most valuable drugs ever created and that people, even emperors, have been seeking for thousands of years: the ELIXIR OF IMMORTALITY!
Well, it may not be that effective, but would still be a great breakthrough in medicine and bio-engineering. At least it could slow aging and help elderly people regain some more youthful state towards the end of their life.
Yet, while looking for a way to live longer, let's not forget to realize our purpose for living in the first place. Many traditional and ancient cultures have long taught to live in alignment with nature and universal principles such as being compassionate to others, seeking higher and higher levels of truth and wisdom, and even giving up worldly temptations. They say our immortal life lives on beyond the physical realm that science can measure.