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Researchers in Sweden have produced a free, online quiz that they say determines with 80 percent accuracy the probability of dying in the next five years for men and women age 40 to 70. There’s a separate quiz for men and for women; each consists of about a dozen simple, straightforward questions.
The quiz is based on data from 500,000 people in the U.K. It is not designed to assess the death risk of any individual; rather it determines the statistical risk of death for a person with the same age, gender, and profile.
After taking the quiz, you are presented with your results and a link to Biobank, a British health database that explains how your answers helped determine your results.
The research found that the strongest predictor that a man will die is how he self-assesses his overall health, and the strongest predictor that a woman will die is whether she has ever had a cancer diagnosis. Smoking habits are the next strongest predictor in both genders.
According to one of the researchers, Erik Ingelsson, MD, PhD, a professor of molecular epidemiology at Sweden’s Uppsala University, this quiz is important because it can increase health awareness and assist healthcare professionals in identifying high-risk patients.
The quiz is located here.