Scientist Joseph Dituri spent 93 days at a depth of 30 meters in a 30.5 m2 cabin in the Atlantic Ocean. His goal was to find out what the benefits of pressure could be for the human body. According to Dituri, he increased his life expectancy by living underwater, as doctors discovered that the oceanologist’s telomeres became 20 percent longer. In addition, Dituri has ten times more stem cells than he had in March when he moved into his underwater capsule, inflammatory markers have halved, and cholesterol levels have dropped by 72 points.
Dr. Deep Sea attributes the health changes to a pressure-like process in hyperbaric chambers that improves brain blood flow, metabolism and brain microstructure, resulting in improved cognitive and physical function. He also notes that his metabolism has increased, so his body is slimmer.
However, Dituri didn’t just sit in a capsule for three months. In the underwater house, he had the opportunity to exercise (albeit limited), monitor his diet, and give lectures to students. How he was able to do all this, he told me after spending 80 days underwater.
Dituri’s experiment sparked a lot of interest in the scientific community. Some scientists have expressed the opinion that such experiments can help in the fight against age-related diseases. For example, Professor Matthew Pine of the University of Southern California believes that pressure can help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
However, not all scientists share the optimistic view of the Dituri experiment. Professor Chris Martin from the University of Texas believes that the results of the experiment may be too specific and have no practical medical application.
Nevertheless, the Dituri experiment is unique and can become a starting point for further research in the field of pressure effects on the human body.