Online calculator reveals your actual healthy age (and how many years you have left)

WHILE everyone has a lifespan, you also have a lifespan which is the number of years that you will live in good health.

This practice online calculator reveals both your actual age and the number of years you have left.


Your actual healthy age may be different from your actual age and it depends on factors such as exercise, sleep, and how much alcohol we consume.Credit: Getty
The graph above shows the proportion of time a person is likely to spend in good or poor health


The graph above shows the proportion of time a person is likely to spend in good or poor health

Experts from Vitality and RAND Europe have developed an algorithm that examines age, gender and lifestyle choices to determine your actual healthy age.

Vitality research has found that Britons live an average of 12 years in poor health, 14% more than in 1990.

He found that on average, 16 percent of a woman’s life and 13 percent of a man’s life should be spent in poor health.

Experts say that the increasing number of years lived in poor health is largely due to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and mental health, as well. than certain risk factors such as BMI (body mass index). at younger ages.

Depending on your age and lifestyle, small adjustments to your diet and more exercise could help you live longer.

While the calculator reveals your actual healthy age, it also tells you how long you have left to live and how many of those years could be unhealthy – here’s how to use it.

How to use the calculator

Visit the online calculator page and click on “start”.

From there, you’ll be asked a whole host of questions about your health, starting with your gender and date of birth.

You will then be asked about your weekly exercise habits as well as questions regarding your oxygen level and your cardiovascular fitness level.

Remember to answer the questions as honestly as possible in order to get an accurate picture of your health.

The next set of questions is about diet and you will be asked about your servings of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fruits, vegetables, red meat, processed meat, sugary drinks, and your salt intake.

Next, you will be asked your height, weight, blood pressure, and whether or not you are seeing a doctor and whether you are prescribed blood pressure medication.

Other questions concern your cholesterol level, your fasting blood sugar, and whether you are currently under the care of a doctor for diabetes.

Regarding your lifestyle, you will be asked how much alcohol you drink per week, if you smoke, and your sleep schedule.

The algorithm will then calculate your results which will reveal how many years of life you have left and how many of those years you are about to go into poor health.


You will then also receive personalized health recommendations such as reducing the amount of your drink and increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables.

If you have a BMI over 25, it is recommended that you lose weight.

Dr Katie Tryon, Engagement Manager at Vitality, said: “Everyone is familiar with the concept of lifespan, but few of us are aware that we have lifespan.

“Improving the health of individuals and populations now requires us to help people understand the behaviors they can adopt at different ages and stages of life.

“The earlier you start, the greater the rewards. For a relatively unhealthy 30-year-old woman, our research shows that lowering systolic blood pressure to a healthy levele and incorporating 20 minutes of vigorous exercise per day can increase her life expectancy by over four years.

“But adopting healthier behaviors all the time can have a big impact.”

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