I stumbled across the Poodwaddle web site which provides information about one’s life expectancy, based upon a series of questions that are primarily lifestyle oriented.
Here’s a summary of what my life “expectancy” is, based upon the Poodwaddle life clock.
My Age: 58.10 years.
I could have lied about this, but too many of you have seen my picture:/
Projected Life Span (total years you will live): 88.4.
This is on par with three grandparents. My maternal grandfather died of lung cancer, due to working in an asbestos factory in Cincinnati.
Projected Life Expectancy (years remaining): 30
Life Expectancy Factors
The average life span for your region is 78. You are expected to live 10.4 years longer than average due to your health and lifestyle.
GENDER: -2.5 years
Men live 5 years less than women. Not much you can do about that. Sulk if you like.
FAMILY HISTORY: 7 years
Your family history rewards you with a few extra years. Remember to thank your mom.
SMOKING: 2 years
Since you are not a smoker you gain 2 years over the average life span (15-25 years longer than smokers). If you recently stopped smoking it will take 10 years for the risk of lung cancer to return to that of a non-smoker and 15 for heart attack risk to return to normal.
DRINKING: 1 year
Recent research has shown that 1 to 2 drinks of red wine and some other alcohols can be good for you… and make you a heck of a lot less dull.
WEIGHT: -1 year (BMI: 27.5)
Your BMI score classifies you as overweight. Being overweight raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancers, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, and so many other conditions. Now put down the twinky and go do some exercise.
I took this to heart, no pun intended, and picked up my tennis rackets again. At the expense of my arthritic knees, I’ve lost fifteen pounds. So, what that adds in years — who knows?
HEALTH: 0 years
Keep living right and maybe you will never have to worry about hypertension, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
So far so good. My blood pressure is historically 120/70.
DIET: 0 years
I won’t lecture you on what foods you should be eating. I’m sure you already know. Is 0 years of life worth the sacrifice? Your choice.
Now, this is why we’re here. Today’s children aren’t expected to live as long as their parents are due to the quality of processed foods eaten and those foods’ reliance on sugar, salt, fat and no exercise.
EXERCISE: 0 years
Exercising 20-40 minutes each day can add many years to your life.
HAPPINESS: -1 years
Reduce your stress and improve your happiness. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” This could be said about everything else in their lives, but too many of us abdicate the responsibility of self-actualization or choices.
EDUCATION: 0 years
Not surprisingly, higher education equals longer life.
DRIVING: 2 years
You’re no fool.The average person has a 30% chance of being in a serious accident in their lifetime but your odds are lower than average.
I don’t know why my driving skills are relevant, but there you go.
What Poodwaddle didn’t factor in was the quality of food I consume, in relation to how it was grown or raised (limited herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones), and that home gardening is a lifestyle extender. For many of us this mode of living has changed significantly in comparison to the foods my grandparents consumed. They were the last generation to rely on a kitchen garden as part of their subsistence. My maternal great granddad was a farmer and I still remember the wood burning stoves in both my great- and grandmothers’ kitchens. They didn’t rely on fast food of any sort and as a consequence, passed down cooking skills that have been extended by two or more generations.
The ability to create meals from scratch kept what little money was available to them in the home and their figures lean. Longevity wasn’t a consideration, but since we outsource food preparation and have a generation of children who are not expected to live as long as we are, maybe we should give some consideration to old-school ideas about what and how we eat. It is a matter of priorities, right?
Take the quiz for yourself and again as if you were age eight and see what differences you come up with. http://www.poodwaddle.com/health/lifeclock/. After that, sign up to build a vegetable garden and compost your food waste to grow more food.