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How long will you live? Researchers create new life expectancy calculator

Have you ever wondered how long you’ll live? The question of your mortality is bound to come up at some point or another — it’s just part of being human.

Maybe you’ve even asked the Magic 8-Ball a few times or consulted the all-knowing Zoltar to find out how long you have left on Earth. While fun, these methods aren’t exactly fact-based and can’t take into account important factors like your overall health or family history. Tap or click here to find out if men are programmed to have shorter life spans?

If you want to get a good idea of your life expectancy, you should probably use a slightly more sophisticated tool — like the one researchers created recently to help gauge life expectancy. Let’s take a look at what it is and how it works.

Life expectancy calculator

How long did your grandparents live? What about their grandparents? Does that mean you’ll live that long? Or are you bound to outlive them all thanks to good genetics and a healthy lifestyle? This life expectancy calculator can give you an educated guess.

How does it work? All you have to do is input some basic health and demographic information into the app. It asks things like age, weight, height, marital status, if you’re retired, annual income and more.

Once your information is entered, the calculator will weigh your answers against the data in the system and spit out the results.

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Easy, right? Well, sort of.

The answer you get on your life expectancy will be a scientific version of a guesstimate. While this app can give you an idea of your life expectancy, there are other less concrete factors, like how much exercise you get or the number of fruits and veggies you eat, that also help determine how long you will live.

Those same factors can also be adjusted depending on your results. Let’s say your estimated life expectancy is predicted to be shorter than you were hoping for. Well, you may want to kick your new fitness routine into high gear or start eating healthier to help prolong your life. Tap or click here for the best smartwatches on the market to help track your health.

On the other hand, if your results predict that you’ll live well into your 90s, you may want to pick up that five-a-day whiskey habit you’ve been contemplating recently. (We’re kidding. Please don’t do that.)

Are the results from this tool something to worry about? Ultimately, probably not. Your best bet is to think of the app as an educated guess on when you’ll kick the bucket. It could even give you some food for thought.


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