How long you have already lived is one of the best predictors of how long you may live. Life expectancy has been increasing for years thanks to growing awareness of personal health maintenance and medical care that keeps on improving. Ever since records have been kept, women have outlived men.
Weight problems and obesity are epidemics in the USA in both kids and adults. They can lead to serious medical problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Knowing your Body Mass Index (BMI) puts it all in perspective. Here's how the Centers for Disease Control assesses BMI values: normal 19-24, overweight 25-29, obese 30+.
Like gender and age, you can't control family history. But knowing your family medical history may help you pinpoint potential problems and lower related risks.
Family member lived to age 70 with no cardiovascular problems before age 55
Cardiovascular problems of a family member before age 55
2 or more family members with cardiovascular problems before age 55
Don't know mine
Maintaining normal blood pressure is key to living longer. High blood pressure is a common problem. Yet many people with hypertension don't know their blood pressure is high or are often under-treated. A sound medical routine can keep your blood pressure under control.
Do not know my blood pressure
Blood pressure checked regularly with normal reading
High blood pressure, on medication and under control
High blood pressure, not under control
Stress can help you be more productive or block you from achieving your potential. Knowing how to handle stress makes life more enjoyable.
Stress is a positive influence
I have my share of ups and downs
Stress often overwhelms me
An active lifestyle can be good insurance against heart disease and cancer, both are common causes of death. Do you have a job that requires physical activity? Or do you make physical activity or sports a regular part of your day?
Daily vigorous exercise
Walk a minimum 30 minutes 4 days per week
A good diet is key to good health. 5 or more servings of colorful fruits and vegetables and limiting the amount of red meat and saturated fats is a great daily goal. Red meats & junk food raise cholesterol and contribute to heart disease. Vegetables, fruits, whole-grain breads and cereals don't contain cholesterol or saturated fats, and have cancer and heart disease-fighting nutrients.
Eat more than 5 portions of fruits and vegetables
Average amount of fruits and vegetables and minimal fast or processed foods
Eat fast or processed foods regularly, and minimal vegetablesl
The plain fact is that more than half of auto fatalities occur close to home - many while driving under 40 mph.
Motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of death in the U.S. In fact, auto accidents are THE leading cause of death for Americans age 6-27.
No accidents / violations in past 3 years
1-3 accidents / violations in past 3 years
4 or more accidents / violations in past 2 years
Convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in past 5 years
More than one DWI conviction in past 5 years
Drinking moderately (no more than 2 drinks per day for men, 1 for women) may be good for you. But, drinking too much alcohol causes auto accidents, cancers, and liver disease. Watch how much you drink, and don't drink and drive. (1 drink equals 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1 1/2 oz. of 80-proof spirits.)
Don't drink or never drink more than 2 drinks a day
3-4 drinks more than 2 times a week
5 or more drinks at one time, more than once a month
More than 400,000 deaths per year are related to the effects of smoking. As soon as you quit smoking, your risk of lung cancer and heart disease begins to drop.
Quit more than 2 years ago
Quit less than 2 years ago
Smoke less than 2 packs per day
Smoke 2 or more packs per day
Taking drugs is one of the best ways to lose the Lifespan Calculator. If you use hard drugs like cocaine or narcotics, it's time to look at your lifestyle, not your longevity.
Never use drugs for "recreation"
Use drugs for "recreation"
When it comes to your health, primary prevention is key. Waiting for problems to occur instead of proactively managing your health may be detrimental to your longevity. Routine "check-ups" at a doctor's office can help keep your well-being on track.
I regularly schedule check-ups with a physician
I go to the doctor's office when I feel ill
I never visit a doctor
You have calculated your longevity. How could you improve your estimated* age? Are you financially prepared to live that long?
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* The calculator may not provide accurate results for individuals who have a chronic illness