Life Expectancy Update

Nearly 3 years ago, I did a life expectancy calculation, based on how I’d changed after 6 months of Crossfit and the Zone Diet. My life expectancy jumped from 75 years to 85 years, which was pretty impressive.

Anyway, I thought I’d repeat the test 3 years on and see what it is now. Here are the results with the bits I’m missing out on apparently:


+ 0.5 Minimizing or cutting out your caffeinated coffee consumption completely could provide you with about half a year more in life expectancy

+ 2.0 If it is ok with your doctor, taking an 81 mg aspirin every day improves your hear and brain health and could help you delay or escape a heart attack or stroke. Taking an aspirin each day, perferably in the evening, could add 2 years to your life expectancy.

+ 1.0 There is a clear link between the inflammation of gum disease and heart disease. Do a good job of flossing daily and you could add a year to your life expectancy.


+ 3.0 Red meat is the primary source of potentially life-shortening iron. Cutting back your read meat consumption to 1-2 days per week or less could add 3 years to your life expectancy

+ 2.0 Increasing your exercise regimen to 5 days a week could add 1 year, to 6 or 7 days a week could add 2 years to your life expectancy


+ 1.0 Examining yourself for cancer could add a year to your life expectancy

+ 0.5 Being in touch with your health care provider annually is very important to your strategy to screen for and prevent illness. Getting the appropriate blood tests on a regular basis could add a half a year

+ 0.5 Getting your blood sugar checked could add half a year to your life expectancy

There are certainly some things I don’t agree with there, like taking the aspirin. Check yours out and post back here what it is:

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Ian Sturrock 12 April 2010, 9:13 pm

    Heh-heh, mine is 93! 😀

  • Colin McNulty 12 April 2010, 9:32 pm


  • Sue 12 April 2010, 10:00 pm

    Wow, 106 for me! See what the Zone can do for a person!

  • Colin McNulty 13 April 2010, 4:30 pm

    106!?! How did you manage that Sue?

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