'I lived in tiny pod underwater for three months - I feel 10 years younger'

Diving explorer and medical researcher Dr Joseph Dituri spent 93 days in an underwater pod
-Credit: (Image: Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)


A scientist who spent 93 days underwater claims the process has reversed his ageing and made him feel a decade younger. Joseph Dituri, a retired naval officer, lived in a tiny 100sqft pod deep in the Atlantic Ocean for over three months.

His sojourn beneath the waves in Florida last March was part of a research group studying the effects of pressurised environments on the human body. This also gave him the chance to smash the previous world record for living underwater, which stood at 73 days.

Upon returning to dry land, medical professionals assessed Dituri's vitals and telomeres - the DNA sequences attached to the ends of chromosomes. Typically, telomeres shorten with age, but Dituri's were found to have lengthened by 20 per cent since he submerged, reports the Mirror.

Dr Dituri feels 10 years younger following the trip beneath the waves
Dr Dituri feels 10 years younger following the trip beneath the waves -Credit:Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP

He also reported having ten times more stem cells than at the beginning of the study. Other positive outcomes from his deep-sea stay include achieving 60 to 66 per cent deep REM sleep at night, a 72-point drop in cholesterol, and halving his inflammatory markers.

These significant changes in his physical health are attributed to the pressure, known to have numerous beneficial effects. One similar treatment is the hyperbaric chamber, which enhances brain health and cognition.

Dituri's research provided insights into how the human body responds to pressurised environments over extended periods. The pod he stayed in was quite similar to what astronauts might encounter on their trip towards Mars.

Dr Dituri enters the Jules' Undersea Lodge marine habitat 30 feet below the surface in Key Largo, Florida
Dr Dituri enters the Jules' Undersea Lodge marine habitat 30 feet below the surface in Key Largo, Florida -Credit:Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP

Chatting with the Daily Mail about the pod, he said: "You need one of these places that is cut off from outside activity. Send people down here for a two-week vacation, where they get their feet scrubbed, relax and can experience the benefit of hyperbaric medicine."

During his research break, he engaged in an hour-long workout routine five days a week, although he could only use exercise bands. He still managed to retain the muscle mass he built up weeks after he returning to dry land.

Dituri revealed that his metabolism has also increased, allowing his body to become "leaner". His stem cells, which are already touted as a way of reversing visible aging, have increased tenfold.

Dr Dituri established a new record for underwater human habitation at ambient pressure
Dr Dituri established a new record for underwater human habitation at ambient pressure -Credit:Frazier Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP

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