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The secret to long life? Castration
25 September 2012 12:25 PM
Its' the ultimate "would you rather" dilemma. Researchers at Korea University have looked into the life-spans of eunuchs through history and discovered they tended to live considerably longer than men with testicles, according to a fascinating piece in Wired.com.
It has long been observed throughout the animal kingdom that females live longer than males, which has led the scientists to an interesting hypothesis: "This 'life fast, die young' effect could be mediated by testosterone, a hormone involved in testes growth, muscle development and aggression, but that also seems to have an immune system-weakening effect."
In other words, forget cryogenics, expensive face creams and macrobiotic diets, if you want to live longer the answer is (painfully) simple.