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WHEN WILL YOU DIE? ... TAKE THE TEST!

BEGIN WITH AGE 79 (the average global life-expectancy in advanced societies)

  1. Cultural Heritage: If you were born and raised in the U.S.A., minus 2 years. ...
    American life-expectancy is, on average, two years shorter than advanced societies where high stress, passive lifestyles and fast-foods are NOT the norm.
  2. Obesity: If you are 20% over your ideal weight for your age, gender and height, minus 4 years. ...
    Those with adult on-set obesity are high risk to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  3. Work Schedule: If you are a shift worker subject to frequent change in sleep patterns, minus 2 years. ...
    One in four shift workers experience chronic sleep deprivation raising risks to accidents.
  4. Family Ties: Your extended family has resided in Cleveland for two or more generations, add 3 years. ...
    80% of all care-giving is provided by family members who frequently call upon or visit to monitor well-being.
  5. Spirituality: Are you religious, and do you regularly practice (attend services) your faith? If yes, add 2 years. ...
    Research demonstrates both a lower mortality (death) and morbidity (disease) rate among the faithful.
  6. Diet: Eat balanced diet including fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains consumed in at least 30 minutes or more? If yes, add 2 years. ...
    Sound diet boosts immune system resistance to a variety of chronic diseases.
  7. Poor Diet: Your daily lunch and/or evening meals consist of fast food consumed in less than 30 minutes while multi-tasking (working, cell phoning, driving)? If yes, minus 3 years. ...
    The brain requires 30 minutes to determine if you've eaten enough. Rapid eating leads to over-eating and poorly digested food.
  8. Pets: Do you own an interactive pet that requires twice daily walks. If yes, add 2 years. ...
    Research demonstrates that pet owners are less likely to focus on personal problems, and the pet walking is good exercise.
  9. Do you live and work in the city? If yes, minus 2 years. ...
    Urban dwellers are exposed to air pollution, fear of crime, crowded days and abandoned streets in the evening.
  10. Do you live alone? If so, minus 3 years unless you own a pet or volunteer outside the home at least 3 days a week.
  11. Are all of your friends the same age? If so, minus 1 year. Mixed-aged friends (younger, age peers and older), then add 2 years. ...
    With the passage of time, same-age friends relocate, retire and die, leaving you physically and emotionally alone.
  12. During winter months, do you make a deliberate effort to experience 2-3 hours of sunlight (near a window or outdoors) in order to reset your biological clock. If so, then add 1 year. ...
    Those deprived of sunlight for extended periods raise the risk to depression.
  13. Does your daily routine include at least one mile of brisk walking (at work, shopping, mall walking, climbing stairs, strolling around the block or city park)? If yes, add 2 years. If no, minus 3 years.
  14. Do you have a positive attitude about life, able to laugh at and learn from mistakes? If yes, add 1 year. No, minus 3.
  15. Do you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day? If yes, minus 4 years. ... Live with or work with smokers? If yes, minus 2 years. ...
    Even second-hand smoke raises the risk of disease and premature death.
  16. Are you 50 years or older, and get an annual physical exam? If no, minus 3 years. ...
    Many adult-onset diseases (cancer, high blood pressure, glaucoma) do not produce early-warning symptoms.
  17. Do you exercise your mind each day with brain-boosting activities (crossword puzzles, chess, bridge, learning something new, reading aloud)? If yes, add 4 years. ...
    Those who continue to challenge their cognitive skills (thinking, learning, problem-solving) experience reduced risks to dementia and other cognitive disorders.
  18. Do you engage in unprotected sex with partners outside of your long-standing relationship? If yes, minus 6 years. ...
    STDs and HIV are increasing at an alarming rate even among promiscuous elders 60, 70 and 80 years of age.
  19. I continue to be awe struck by the miracles of nature and life, motivating me to get up, groomed, dressed, and out (outside, over to the library or community center, volunteering, e-mailing or calling friends) each day. If so, add 1 year.

THAT'S IT! YOU HAVE ANSWERED THE QUESTION ...
WHEN WILL YOU DIE?

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