Longevity – Predictive Maintenance for Humans


December 07, 2023

When speaking about companies and institutions that take care of our health, we label them the healthcare industry. In less emotional areas than mankind, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), restoring the functionality of a machine or thing is called repair. Transferred to the field of human medicine, we should rather talk of sick-care, instead of health-care.: as soon as the human organism stops functioning as usual, it is taken care of and repaired. If we take the label healthcare seriously we must change from taking care of the already sick to maintaining a healthy status quo – in other words predictively, we must practice Longevity – Predictive Maintenance for Humans.

What is Predictive Maintenance?

The Industrial concept of Predictive Maintenance has evolved. Its roots can be traced back to the development of condition-based maintenance practices in the late 1950s. Predictive maintenance techniques are designed to help determine the condition of in-service equipment to estimate when maintenance should be performed. This approach promises cost savings over routine or time-based preventive maintenance because tasks are performed only when warranted. Thus, it is regarded as condition-based maintenance carried out as suggested by estimations of the degradation state of an item.

The main promise of predictive maintenance is to allow convenient scheduling of corrective maintenance and to prevent unexpected equipment failures. The key is the right equipment lifetime, increased plant safety, fewer accidents with a negative environmental impact, and optimized spare parts handling.

The connection between Predictive Maintenace and Longevity

Longevity refers to the long duration of individual human life or the ability of something to last for a long time. It can be used to describe the length of one’s lifetime or the durability of an object or concept. In the context of human life, longevity is often associated with the study of methods to extend life and the factors that influence lifespan, such as genetics, lifestyle, and environmental conditions. It is different from life expectancy, which is the statistical average number of years remaining at a given age for a population. The result of a re-analysis of previously incorrectly analyzed data on extreme lifetimes (in the  Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application) indicates that any longevity cap would be at least 130 years and possibly exceed 180. And some datasets, the authors report, “put no limit on the human lifespan.”

Why is Longevity the Predictive Maintenace for Humans?

Predictive maintenance and human longevity are similar in that they both involve proactive measures based on data analysis to predict and avoid potential issues. Predictive maintenance uses advanced analytics and machine learning to predict and avoid machine failure, leading to increased productivity, reduced breakdowns, and lower maintenance costs.  Similarly, estimating human longevity involves analyzing factors such as lifestyle (epigenetics), genetics, and health data to predict an individual’s remaining healthy life, or healthspan, enabling proactive measures to optimize health and potentially extend lifespan. Both predictive maintenance and human longevity estimation rely on data-driven models to make predictions and take proactive actions to avoid unplanned downtime or health issues.

Most surprisingly, we take predictive maintenance of machines for granted, but we stick with repair services for human beings. Find the error…..

So – why wait?

To promote longevity, one should start engaging in longevity activities as early as possible. Regular exercise is a key factor in promoting longevity and overall health. For optimal health and longevity, it’s recommended to engage in regular exercise, maintain a healthy body weight, eat a balanced diet, and engage in healthful behaviors. Research suggests that as few as 15 minutes of exercise per day may help achieve benefits, which could include an additional 3 years of life, and the risk of premature death may decrease by 4% for each additional 15 minutes of daily physical activity. Team sports like tennis and soccer are also recommended for longevity, as they encourage social interaction as well as exercise. Other factors that can contribute to longevity include maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a balanced diet, adding supplements if needed, and engaging in healthful behaviors.

It’s never too late to start, as a recent study found longevity benefits associated with both life-long and later-in-life exercise. Therefore, it’s important to adopt these habits early on to maximize their benefits for a longer and healthier life.