Would you want to know your odds of dying in next 5 years?
What are your odds of dying in the next 5 years? A simple survey could hold the answer. The results are immediate and said to be 80-percent accurate. No blood work or physical exam needed.
A pair of researchers in Sweden developed a series of questions-- 13 for men; 11 for women-- for people 40-70 years old. It's said to predict the likelihood that someone will die within the next five years.
Doctor Donald Ford of Hillcrest Hospital talked about the study, which was done in the UK. "It's a fascinating study, I think. First and foremost because it's so large. They used so many people, so many data points to get information for the study that I think there is some real validity to it."
The survey asks questions about lifestyle, background and overall health-- questions about any long-standing illnesses, treatment for anxiety or depression, and whether or not you've had any traumatic life experiences in the last two years.
Doctor Ford said this study is fascinating, but is quick to point out that it compares participants to averages. "Human beings are not averages; we're human beings; we're people; we're individuals. And even though I can answer the questions in the survey; I'll give my answer to this question, what I'm comparing myself to are averages, so the average is never going to be the actual. It's never going to be the reality of the situation."
So, don't stress if you do poorly on the test; use it as a guide to talk with your doctor and help you better your health.
The calculator is intended for men and women in the UK, but researchers said a similar test catered to Americans would be comparable.
**If you'd like to answer the questions, CLICK HERE for the risk calculator**