Scientists in Ontario have created a new "longevity calculator" to give a simulated prediction on potential lifespan based on users health habits. The calculator asks questions about users smoking, drinking and eating habits as well as levels of stress and exercise.
According to lead researcher Doug Manuel of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the new data could help inspire citizen to take up healthier habits:
"Individually, if we all make one change like smoking less or being more physically active, then collectively we would be significantly healthier and live much longer," says Manuel in a press release.
Thus far, users in the province measure an average of seven years of life lost due to unhealthy habits.
"The evidence shows that these five risk factors steal both years from our lives and quality from our lives," adds co-author Dr. Vivek Goel. "If we want sustained improvements in health, we need to focus our collective efforts on reducing these risk factors, both individually and at a population health level."
by RTT Staff Writer
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