According to the researchers, a hormone that is naturally formed in the body could be the ‘elixir of life’.
The scientists believe that the hormone called DHEAS can increase the life span of a person and the more the hormone, the wealthier a person is.
According to the lead researcher of the study, Michael Marmot, living a satisfying life could also help in living longer.
Higher levels are linked with doing regular exercise, indulging in lot of activities and hobbies, and spending quality time with friends and families—all are related to leading a wealthier life.
Research also suggests that tablets, patches, or injections would be used in future to increase the level of DHEAS hormone, which is secreted by adrenal glands that are present above kidneys.
The researchers also say that increased level of the hormone in the body can lead to better memory power and capacity to do the mental works, especially in men.
The production rate of the hormone is maximum during childhood and adolescent years, and the level declines through adult life.
The DHEAS, besides another insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), helps in controlling stress level and regulation of many body processes like digestion, immune system, energy consumption, and mood.