Answer some questions about yourself to determine your expected lifespan, low-risk lifestyle score, and recommendations on how to improve them
Why does this matter?
The best strategy we have today to study longevity is to look at centenarians. When looking at individuals who live past 100, we know that most of them have a few genotypes that are associated with living longer. That’s less interesting because we can’t edit our genetic makeup (yet). What’s more compelling is that these people die from the same causes on average, the big three—cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. The difference is, the onset of these chronic diseases are delayed for the centenarians. This means that even if we’re lucky to be born with longevity genes, we face the same fate as the general populous. The best way to extend life with the tools we have today due to what we know about the most common causes of death, is to delay the onset of the big three.
What we know about chronic illnesses are that they are always progressive and almost always preventable. Progressive in that they begin developing before we feel symptoms. Preventable in that lifestyle factors we control today are the primary causes.
What science is it based on?
Many studies have been done to analyze the effect of lifestyle factors on health and longevity, one published in October 2007 and another in July 2018 (both funded by the NIH) looked at 6: diet, physical activity, sleep, BMI, smoking, and alcohol intake. This studies combined the results from 3 sources to estimate the extended life expectancy associated with maintaining low-risk vs. high-risk behavior within these 6 lifestyle factors.
I developed a calculator based on the results of this research. Click below to determine your estimated lifespan, low-risk lifestyle score, and recommendations to improve both.