Tuesday 6 December 2016

Live each day as if it's your last - one day you'll be right

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

Surprisingly, your pace of walking is the strongest indicator of health and longevity
Surprisingly, your pace of walking is the strongest indicator of health and longevity

Will I still be alive five years from now? Will you? Dare we find out? The fashionable way to do so is to take the "Ubble" test, which can - allegedly - predict your longevity. It is based on an algorithm developed by two researchers from the Swedish Karolinska Institute, Erik Ingelsson and Andrea Ganna, and it was published last week in the medical journal, 'The Lancet'.

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I set myself the task of taking the Ubble test over the weekend, though I dreaded doing so. I'm strongly of the view that it's better if we don't know the future.

Yet the test is considered to be medically significant and perhaps a harbinger of future medical trends, when the human genome project will map the state of our health. Ubble merely asks men and women some predictable, and some surprising, questions. And omits some surprising ones, too. The predictable ones are obvious: do you smoke? Did you ever? (An omission is any reference to weight.)

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