During my workshops and, sometimes, during courses, students often
ask me the following questions: How breathing and breathing retraining
influence life expectancy of people? Am I going to increase my
lifespan if I get a higher morning CP (the body oxygen test result)?
These or similar questions were also asked in comments on pages
of NormalBreathing.com. There are clear answers to these queries
regardless of the race, country, and other factors.
First of all, if someone is going to die from a heart
attack, stroke, seizures due to epilepsy, asthma exacerbation,
or some other acute exacerbation, they can prevent these acute episodes
with breathing exercises. Therefore,
it is normal than that the Buteyko technique, Frolov breathing device,
and other breathing methods already saved lives of thousands
of breathing students and often increased their expected lifespan
by many years or decades. These topics were already partly
covered in the past on other pages of this website:
- What time of the day has highest mortality rates and highest chances
of acute exacerbation or attacks? See an overview of clinical studies that explain
breathing during sleep that was scientifically proven for heart
disease, stroke, asthma, COPD, diabetes, epilepsy and some other
patterns when dying or why and how overbreathing is a crucial
factor in deaths due to severe illnesses
- Why singers die early?
Can these people with serious health problems expect increased
life expectancy? Yes, if these breathing students make permanent
changes in their unconscious breathing patterns (manifested in
higher morning CP), then they usually have better chances to
live longer depending on how far they progressed in the Buteyko
Table of Health Zones.
Can these people and other folks with severe chronic health
concerns expect a normal life expectancy? Yes, even people with early
metastatic cancer or very serious long-term condition (including
diabetes, emphysema and HIV-AIDS) can enjoy healthy aging and have
normally expected lifespan with serious breathing retraining (up to
50-60 seconds for the morning CP test). For the list of diseases that
are based on low body oxygen content and reduced CO2 levels in the
lungs, see this page: diseases linked to overbreathing.
It is true that most medical doctors and official medicine would
not agree with these strong statements. For example, average life
expectancy in people with cystic fibrosis is in 40s. It increased
dramatically during last 70-100 years. But normal breathing helps
them to have nearly normal lifespan. If you still do not believe this,
check out this video trailer about life expectancy in cystic fibrosis.
Expected lifespan for normal people with reduced body oxygen
What about many other groups of people if they cannot get
50-60 s for the morning CP, but if they still increased their
morning CPs up to 20, 25, or 30 s?
Getting up to 50+ s for the body oxygen test 24/7 is a serious
challenge since only a few percent of all breathing students get
this excellent result that is also manifested in very high energy
levels, natural desire or craving for physical exercise, natural nose
breathing during physical activity of any intensity. amazing focus and concentration, naturally short sleep (less than 5 hours), and so
forth. This result allows protection from any chronic, or degenerative,
or inflammatory health problem.
As about people with lower CP results but reasonably good
health (normals), their main achievement, due
to easier breathing and more O2 in body cells, is better quality
of life. As we discussed before, contemporary people have nearly the
same life expectancy as people living one hundred years ago (see this
page: lifespan and mortality now vs. past).
However, a large number of old or very old modern people have
miserable lives with various symptoms, poor sleep, low energy,
poor digestion, taking medication, and many other concerns.
Would having morning CP 20, 25 or 30 seconds make a difference in life
expectancy of a person? Apart from better life quality, probably, higher CP would still help here too. It would be easier to get up to 80 or 90 years while being in good physical and mental health. At the same time,
diet, stress-reduction methods, genetics, and
other factors and techniques can also influence
the expected number of years to live.