New technology from food tracking apps to Fitbits are obsessed with calculating the metrics of life. Death calculators, on the other hand, crunch the numbers on your probability of expiring.
Now, researchers from a Swedish institute have created an online tool that calculates a person’s risk of dying in the next five years, based largely on lifestyle habits that can have major effects — good and bad — on longevity. Their work appears this week in the medical journal The Lancet.
The researchers compared five years’ worth of health, lifestyle and demographic data from nearly 500,000 UK residents between the ages of 40 and 70. They analyzed how well each of 655 measurements predicted mortality using a statistical survival model. From that analysis, they created a survey of a dozen questions about personal health, habits and stress that a person can fill out to determine his or her risk of death.
“We found that the variables that most accurately predicted death from all causes within five years did not need to be measured by physical examination, but could be reported by individuals through a questionnaire,” study authors Erik Ingelsson, a professor of molecular epidemiology at Uppsala University and researcher Andrea Ganna from the Karolinsa Institute wrote on Gizmodo.
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