Scientist who spent more than 90 days at the bottom of the Atlantic, said he looked younger

The scientist claims to have increased his life expectancy by 20 percent by living 93 days underwater.

Joseph Dituri, 55, a retired naval officer, has been living in a 100-square-foot capsule at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 92 days, researching how pressurized environments affect the human body.

The mission was also designed to break the world record for living underwater – the previous sojourn was 73 days.

Dithuri told DailyMail.com that doctors ran tests on his body to see how it changed from March to June, including tests that measure telomeres, the connections at the ends of chromosomes that shorten with age.

He claims they are now 20 percent longer and he has 10 times more stem cells than he did in March when he first moved into the submersible capsule.

Joseph Dituri spent 92 days 30 feet below the Atlantic Ocean, breaking the previous record of 73 days.  He plans to spend the full 100 days

Dituri launched this epic mission on March 1, not only with the goal of breaking the record for the longest life underwater, but also to learn how pressure can benefit the human body.

Joseph Dituri spent 92 days 30 feet below the Atlantic Ocean, breaking the previous record of 73 days. He plans to spend the full 100 days

Every night he experiences 60 to 66 percent deep sleep in REM sleep. He claims that markers of inflammation were halved and cholesterol levels dropped by 72 points.

The scientist did not give details on how his telomeres were measured, but there are testing services that measure their length from blood samples.

And most services take about two weeks to provide results.

Changes in health are associated with pressure, which is similar to the process in hyperbaric chambers, which improve cerebral blood flow, metabolism and brain microstructure, leading to improved cognition, physical function, sleep and gait.

A 2020 Tel Aviv University study found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) in healthy older adults can stop blood cell aging and reverse the aging process.

The researchers subjected 35 healthy people aged 64 years and older to a series of 60 hyperbaric sessions over 90 days.

Each participant provided blood samples before, during, and at the end of treatment and some time after it was completed. The researchers then analyzed different immune cells in the blood and compared the results.

Focusing on immune cells containing DNA derived from the participants’ blood, the study found up to 38 percent lengthening of telomeres, according to Tel Aviv University. Press release.

Dituri uses a pressurized environment to study how the human body reacts to prolonged exposure to extreme pressure in a small space for 100 days – a similar environment space heroes will experience when traveling to the Red Planet.

“You need one of these places, cut off from outside activity,” Dituri told DailyMail.com, referring to the tiny capsule.

“Send people here for a two-week vacation where they wash their feet, relax and experience the benefits of hyperbaric medicine.”

Dituri began this epic mission on March 1, not only to break the record for the longest life underwater (previously 73 days), but also to learn how pressure can benefit the human body.

He trains for one hour four or five days a week, but only has access to resistance bands.  He told DailyMail.com that he is leaner and has more muscle mass than before.

He trains for one hour four or five days a week, but only has access to resistance bands. He told DailyMail.com that he is leaner and has more muscle mass than before.

He trains for one hour four or five days a week, but only has access to resistance bands.

“I still maintain the mass that I have, it’s crazy,” Dituri said.

“My metabolism has increased so my body is leaner and although my muscle mass hasn’t changed [since I was on the surface]I’m still thinner than I was.”

Changing the number of stem cells was also part of his research.

Stem cells are a promising potential solution for reversing the visible signs of aging, and Stanford has discovered that old human cells can be rejuvenated with stem cells.

When DailyMail.com first spoke to Dituri, he had only been on the mission for 24 days and said he suspected his telomeres would get much longer, and he was right.

Previous research has shown that telomeres, which protect chromosomes from wear and tear, lengthen when the body is subjected to extreme stress.

We suspect, or we know in hyperbaric medicine, that after about 60 treatments an hour a day at a higher pressure than I have now, one hour a day will increase them by 25-33 percent, the jury is still out. on the fact that it’s not full of science,” Dituri said in March.

And talking to a scientist recently, he said the compounds had gone up by 20 percent.

While the underwater house is small, the capsule has a work area, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms.

There is also a small

While the underwater house is small, the capsule has a work area, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms.

“We knew this would happen. Will these sticks – the question. This is what we want to see when we get out of this,” Dituri said.

While the underwater house is small, the capsule has a work area, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, and a small “pool” that acts as an exit and entrance, as well as a window overlooking the ocean.

He said DailyMail.com from the bunker on day 24: “I like it. I have a coffee maker because God knows science is impossible without coffee.

It is also testing technologies that could help astronauts make their epic journey to Mars.

One of the devices predates NASA, which means it must be tested before the agency adopts it.

It is similar to the Star Trek tricorder that scans the body to monitor a person’s health and determine if they need medical attention.

Dituri is also studying how to prevent the wasting of muscle mass in space that astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) suffer from.

“We are going to Mars but it will take 200 days to get there in the best possible home and transfer window,” Dituri told DailyMail.com.

‘[When you get there] you’ll have reduced muscle mass and you won’t be able to see very far and you won’t be in good shape and you’ll have reduced bone density and we’re going to land you in a solid market when it lands and crashes to the ground.

“I think maybe this is a bad idea and we need to figure something out first, but that’s just me.”

Dituri’s home away from home is in Jules’ underwater cabin in Key Largo.

After retiring in 2012 as a commander, Dituri enrolled at the University of South Florida to complete his PhD to learn more about traumatic brain injuries.

After retiring in 2012 as a commander, Dituri enrolled at the University of South Florida to complete his PhD to learn more about traumatic brain injuries.

Dituri is the father of three girls: Sophie, 19, Josephine, 27, and Gabrielle, 21.

Dituri is the father of three girls: Sophie, 19, Josephine, 27, and Gabrielle, 21.

“There is a TV, though I don’t know how to turn it on. I have a small freezer, like in a hotel room,” he said, noting that he keeps chocolate in a capsule.

A small microwave sits on a shelf, the only thing that can be used for cooking.

“Every good hotel should have a pool, and my hotel has a tiny pool outside,” Dituri said.

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While the underwater house is small, the capsule has a work area, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms, and a small “pool” that acts as an exit and entrance, as well as a window overlooking the ocean.

This is how we move in and out of the environment. So when I go snorkeling with all my snorkeling equipment, I put it on. I come out of the hole and then I dive in. That’s how people come and go.”

Dituri sleeps in a double bed with a small bunk upstairs, which is the same setup in the adjoining room for the scientists who visit him.

Dituri found his passion for science while serving as a diving officer in the US Navy for 28 years.

After retiring in 2012 as a commander, Dituri enrolled at the University of South Florida to complete his PhD to learn more about traumatic brain injuries.

And he is also a published author.

“I was bored during COVID because I wasn’t allowed to treat patients for the first couple of months, so I wrote a book,” Dituri said, noting that it’s available on Amazon.

“It’s called ‘Secrets in the Deep’. It’s about a nice Italian guy from New York who joins the Navy and gets into a lot of trouble with the CIA.

While the scientist is looking for a cure for the diseases of astronauts, he also misses his three daughters, whom he admires at every opportunity.

His 21-year-old daughter Gabrielle graduated from Caltech in May, which he was unable to attend.

Sophie, 19, enjoys working at a restaurant in South Tampa, Florida, while Josephine, 27, has a master’s degree in psychology and works in New York City.