Friday, July 20, 2012

How long will you live?

Want to know how long you’ll live? A new online longevity calculator may have the answer.  The calculator, created by Ontario scientists, asks questions about a person’s smoking, drinking, eating, physical activity and other factors to predict his or her lifespan.  Although there are many similar tools online, this calculator is based on real data on factors contributing to deaths in Ontario.

The calculator is available online.  Click here > Life Expectancy Calculator.

It was created as part of a report that found 60 per cent of deaths in Ontario are linked to five controllable lifestyle factors: smoking, alcohol, diet, physical activity and stress.

If people change even one bad habit, they could gain several years of life.  Researchers examined responses from Ontario health surveys, which question people about habits, such as diet. Using a database at ICES, they were able to see what happened to survey respondents over time and the age at which they died, helping them determine the relationship between health risk factors and longevity.

The calculator doesn’t guarantee accuracy and can’t account for people with pre-existing medical conditions. But, in general, it reveals how behaviour, such as the amount of exercise you get, can affect life expectancy. The results also show how your risk factors compare to others and tells you which ones need the most improvement.

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1 comment:

  1. According to the Life Expectancy Calculator my estimated life expectancy is 84 years. Wohoo!! :)