Ever wander how the acute care that you apply to your lifestyle is extending those nine lives of yours? Whether you exercise, eat your Super Foods and pop your multi-vitamin daily with the intention of extending your life, to ward off disease or to feel great about yourself, there is a new calculator which can predict how long you live. This calculation is based on a number of factors.
A little more scientific than spending $75 on psychic reading, The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator uses the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data in order to estimate how old you will live to be. And it’s free! The calculator was created by Thomas Perls M.D., MPH who is the founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, the largest study of centenarians and their families in the world.
If this sounds a bit intimidating, take comfort in knowing that if you score lower than you would hope for, there are tons of lifestyle and medical preventive measures you can take to ensure that you live a long and healthy life. And the feedback at the end of the calculator points out these areas that could help add a few more years to your life.
The online calculator poses a series of questions to you based upon your personal life, lifestyle, nutrition, and medical history. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete and believe me, it’s a fun and informative way to see how your lifestyle habits and family history are enabling you to lead a healthy (or not-so healthy) life. Once your age is calculated, you can also receive additional feedback on each section of the questionnaire that you scored low on. For instance, I scored a bit low on my calcium requirements so it was suggested that I up my calcium intake via more dairy and supplements.
The questionnaire is not your crystal ball into the future, but it does provide you with a little glimpse into how your future is intricately dependent upon your present.
November 11th, 2008