Hypercapnic hypoxia as a potential means to extend life expectancy and improve physiological activity in mice
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The application of combined hypoxia and hypercapnia (hypercapnic hypoxia) during respiratory exercises results in a maximum increase in resistance to acute hypoxia and ischemic tolerance of the brain. The results of those researches allow the assumption that hypercapnic hypoxia is a promising method for prophylaxis, treatment, and rehabilitation, as well as a means to increase life expectancy. The study was conducted to verify the hypothesis that it is possible to extend the life span through regular courses of respiratory exercises with hypercapnic hypoxia. In the present experimental research carried out on mice, the geroprotective effect of regular hypercapnic-hypoxic exercises (PO2—90 mm Hg and PCO2—50 mm Hg) was assessed in the context of the average life expectancy and the main criteria of its quality (reproductive function, muscle strength, and behavior). Results suggest that with regular training, life span is extended significantly by 16%. This result was accompanied by improved reproductive and cognitive functions, increased motor and search activities, and physical stamina in old age mices. This important phenomenon is accompanied by improved reproductive and cognitive functions, high motor function and search activity, as well as better physical stamina in old-aged mices. Recurring respiratory training under combined hypoxia and hypercapnia (hypercapnic hypoxia) during the lifetime significantly extended the life span of mice in the experiments.
KeywordsHypoxia Hypercapnia Hypercapnic hypoxia Rejuvenation Lifespan Healthy longevity
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