For a hint how old you will be when you die, or at least how long a life insurance company expects you to live, you can fill in this questionnaire of 20 easy questions. This Life Expectancy test can only be used until the age of 70 and only if you are healthy. If for instance you have diabetes or a heart disease, this test is not applicable. Derived from science magazine Nature 429, page 149, year 2004.
There are no checks on what you fill in.
If you are disappointed with the result, don’t bother. It is only statistics and many factors are not within this test. Statistics are only applicable to large groups and no individual conclusions can be drawn. It only gives a hint, that’s all.
Advice for a Long Life
- Do not smoke!
- Little alcohol consumption,
- Do not live alone, but with a partner.
- No overweight,
- Sport regularly,
- No stress, lay down and relax.
On top of that, with the first four points you can save a lot of money.
Quote from the CBS article about life expectancy of smokers:
The big surprise for me was: Bachelors die earlier. A social network lets you live longer.
Life Expectancy Changes
Changes to original data in article by Nature 429, page 149, year 2004:
- Starting point for age and 2nd question adapted to CBS higher life expectancy for the Netherlands in 2012: 79.5 (rounded off to 80) years for men and 83.1 years for women (was: 73 and 80 years). The original data were for the US and from 2002 or earlier.
- Life expectancy for smokers lowered according to CBS data.
- Life expectancy due to alcohol consumption lowered according to data The Lancet.
- Originally the maximum life expectancy was 117 (for a woman). To be more realistic the life expectancy is limited to 100 years.
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