Exploring options to promote longevity is about as old as humanity itself. Now daytime television talk show host and Oprah protégé Dr. Mehmet Oz has entered into the quest for long life. Recently, Dr. Oz discussed lifestyle habits that can help you live to be 100 or at least longer than you would have otherwise. As revealed in this video from "The Dr. Oz Show," Dr. Thomas Perls has developed a life expectancy calculator that may have "cracked the code" on aging. Using age-old lifestyle indicators, Perls suggests it can help you predict your age of death.
Perls' life expectancy calculator, featured at full-length here, asks 40 quick questions about your family, health and habits. The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, claims to use "the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data in order to estimate how old you will live to be." The calculator looks at your relationships status, work habits, nutrition, lifestyle habits, medical visits, family history and more. Even details such as how often you floss or apply sunscreen are factored into the equation.
As Newsfuzion.com reports, there are six factors that influence longevity. "The factors were attitude, genetics, exercise, interests and nutrition and smoking. The age of 89 was given as the base life expectancy for women, and the age of 86 for men." For example, people who can manage stress should add five years to their life expectancy. People who don't exercise daily should subtract five years. Daily consumption of fruits and vegetables also adds years. But if someone smokes as little as one cigarette a day, they can expect to take 15 years off their life.
Perls compiled his calculator-based research of people who lived to be age 100 and beyond. He is the founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, part of the Boston University School of Medicine. The research first began in 1995 as a population-based study of all centenarians living within eight towns in the Boston area. Foremost, they have found that obesity and smoking are extremely rare among people who live to be 100 years old or more. Further, the study also notes that a woman who has a child after the age of 40 has a four times greater chance of living to 100 compared to a woman who does not.
Ultimately, the calculator is all about taking control of your lifestyle choices and knowing that you can make a difference.
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