LIFE EXPECTANCY QUIZ
You can determine how long youll live almost to the day by taking an amazingly simple and accurate quiz that anyone can complete in 10 minutes or less. If the results arent to your liking there are a couple of easy lifestyle changes you can make that will boost your odds of living a longer, healthier, happier life. Bad habits can take 40 years off your life span - while good habits can add 25 or more.
The quiz takes into account aspects of lifestyle and genetics, including how long your relatives lived. To take it youll need a pencil and paper to add and subtract years from the average life expectancy for a person your age.
To determine what yours is, consult the Life Expectancy Chart, below, to see how long people your age are expected to live.
As you answer each of the questions in the quiz, add or subtract years from your life expectancy as instructed. In this way, you will arrive at a life expectancy that is specific for you.
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Add one year for each grandparent who lived to be 80 or more or is 80 and still alive. Add half a year for each one who lived beyond 70 or is 70 and still alive.
Add four years if your mother lived beyond 80, two years if your father did. Do the same thing for living parents who have reached these ages.
Take off three years for a sister, brother, parent or grandparent who died of diabetes or a peptic ulcer before 60. If they died of stomach cancer before 60, subtract two years. For any illnesses that killed them before 60, subtract one year.
Take off four years for a sister, brother, parent or grandparent who died of a heart attack, stroke or arteriosclerosis before 50. Subtract two years for each of these who died between 50 and 60.
Women who cant have children or dont plan to have any should subtract half a year. Women with more than seven children should subtract one year. Studies show women with at least one child develop a more powerful immune system than childless women, but three or more births can take a toll.
If you are a first born, add one year. One theory is that first borns are given more care than other kids - and they are better equipped to deal with stress.
Add two years if your intelligence is above 100. Research suggests those with higher intelligence tend to have less risky jobs and a more nutritious diet.
Smoking:Take off 12 years if you smoke more than 12 cigarettes a day. If you smoke 20 to 40, take off seven years. If you smoke 20 or fewer, take off two years.
If you have sex at least once or twice a week, add two years. Regular sex with a loving partner is vital to good health.
If you have a thorough annual physical, add two years.
If youre overweight, take off two years. Obesity is linked to a greater likelihood of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, late onset diabetes and arthritis.
If you sleep more than 10 or fewer than five hours a night, take off two years. Researchers now say that, ideally, people should sleep seven to eight hours a night and then nap for 15 to 20 minutes every four hours.
If you drink moderate amounts of alcohol daily, add three years. If you dont drink at all, dont add or subtract anything. If you drink heavily, subtract eight years.
If you walk, jog or exercise at least three times a week, add three years.
If you prefer plain foods, like vegetables and fruits to rich, meatier foods, and stop eating before youre full, add one year.
If you are frequently ill, subtract five years from your life.
If you have lived in a town or city for the most or all of your life, subtract one year. If youve lived in the country, add one year.
If you are a professional, add two years;technical, administrative, managerial, agricultural, one year. Semiskilled workers subtract ½ year;laborers subtract four years.
If you have a college degree, add two years to your life.
If you have one or two close friends in whom you can confide EVERYTHING add one year.
Add two years if you play mind games like chess, crossword puzzles or bridge.
If you have a positive attitude in life, add four years.
If you are married and living with your spouse, add one year. If you are a separated man living alone, subtract nine years;a widower living alone, subtract seven.
A separated or divorced woman should subtract four years;widows, subtract three and a half.
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