Professor spends 100 days underwater to see if diving could make you reside longer?

Dr Joseph Dituri in his underwater habitat

Mind harm knowledgeable believes dwelling beneath stress is sweet on your well being


A former US Navy Diver turned biomedical engineer, Joseph Dituri, 55, plans to interrupt the file for the time spent dwelling underwater in an experiment to see if dwelling in a pressurised atmosphere may be helpful to well being.

The affiliate professor on the College of South Florida resides in an underwater habitat 9 metres down within the Florida Keys for 100 days and is present process a each day regime of bodily and psychological exams to grasp the impression of dwelling beneath stress.

His nine-square-metre habitat in Key Largo is the place the present world file for underwater dwelling was set in 2014 when two teachers stayed down for 73 days and is pressurised to 1.65 occasions atmospheric stress.

Dituri mentioned: ‘I designed this examine on the traumatic mind harm therapeutic energy of stress. The air stress down right here is strictly the stress I deal with sufferers on the floor. We all know it will increase stem cells. On the depth I’m at, you get a minimum of twice the variety of circulating stem cells in the event you solely do it for 5 days.’

It has already been established that telomeres – a part of the DNA that protects our chromosomes – are elevated in size by as a lot as 33 per cent throughout hyperbaric remedy periods. Dituri believes dwelling beneath stress may sluggish the ageing course of. He mentioned: ‘Proper now I taking pictures for 110.’

After 15 days he mentioned: ‘My preliminary findings are it will increase muscle mass. That’s actually, actually early stuff however I’m telling you, I’m tremendous excited.’

Dr Dituri was a saturation diving officer within the US Navy for 28 years, retiring as a commander in 2012. He then did a PhD in mind accidents taking a look at how hyperbaric stress will help within the therapeutic of traumas.

Moreover a each day scuba dive alongside the reef which he likens to going for a stroll, he’s finishing up an intensive regime of exams and is often speaking to high school youngsters by way of video hyperlinks. He expects to return out of the experiment fitter and in addition barely shorter.

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