Dr Oz: How Long Will You Live?
Dr Oz did a show called “How Old Will You Be When You Die?” where he presented a revolutionary Life Calculator that can estimate how long you will live. Jay, a husband to a lady named Carol and a father of two kids named Paige and Case, joined Doctor Oz on his show because his wife is scared that his weight and bad habits are slowly killing him. Jay has Barrett’s Esophagus, high cholesterol, acid reflux and Sleep Apnea, just to name a few of his health problems. He was not always this way. In fact, he played football in high school, but at the age of 30 years old, he broke his back in two places and has gained 50-60 pounds since then. He loves to eat red meat like ribs and brisket and competes in BBQ Competitions. Plus, he has lots of stress at work since he is a commission based salesman, and he turns to food to relax him and beer at night.
Doctor Oz asked Carol what her biggest fears are for Jay. She said she worries about the types of foods that he eats and the portion sizes because they never are in moderation. Jay said he does not like to think about the consequences of his choices because who wants to entertain the idea of dying young? He always says he will start an exercise plan next week, but “next week” never seems to come. Jay said he does want to be alive to walk his daughter down the aisle and to watch his son play baseball. Dr Oz said that he recently walked his oldest daughter down the aisle and that it is something very special. Here are the questions from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s Longevity Calculator that can help predict how long you will live.
Dr Oz: Life Calculator
1. Do you have any relatives with heart disease? If you have no relatives, that is the best. If you have one relative who had Heart Disease before the age of 55 then you decrease your predicted length of life slightly. And if you have two relatives who had Heart Disease before the age of 55 then you lower your predicted life span further. However, Dr Oz said that your family history does not predict exactly what will happen to you – it just says the weaknesses that your body is up against. You still control your own destiny.
2. How much exercise do you get? If you vigorously exercise daily, then you are likely to live the longest. If you walk 30 minutes four times a week, then you are in the middle category. And if you never exercise, then as you might guess, you are likely to live the shortest amount of time. Dr Oz said that exercise is not just about controlling your weight. It is also about stress management and controlling your blood pressure, plus it helps you to cope with stress in ways other than eating.
3. How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you get daily? One serving is around the size of your fist. If you get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, that is ideal. If you have less than 5 servings along with some fast food or processed food, then you fall into the middle category. And if you mostly eat fast food or processed food, then you are likely to live the shortest amount of time.
4. How much alcohol do you drink daily? If you have less than 2 drinks per day (or do not drink at all!) that is the best. If you drink 3-4 drinks twice a week, this is the middle category. And if you drink 5 or more drinks at a single time more than once a month, then you are really shortening your life. Dr Oz said that you can lose 6 years from your life just from being in this last category alone.
Doctor Oz sent Jay to the Fitness Institute at the University of Texas where they ran tests on him including a Full Body Composition Assessment, a Bone Density Test and a percentage Body Fat Test. Then he complete strength, endurance and flexibility tests and was monitored at night for Sleep Apnea. Next, Jay met with Dr Oz to undergo a Stress Test. Here are Jay’s Truth Tube Results:
- LDL Cholesterol is 121, and you want this number to be under 100. Even being on Statin Drugs does not seem to be helping Jay’s cholesterol levels.
- C Reactive Protein is 4.1, and you want it to be under 1.
- Glucose is 119, and you want it to be under 100.
- Weight is 260 pounds.
- BMI is 36, and over 30 is obese.
- The Body Fat Test done at the University of Texas found that fat is compressing all of his organs and that his belly is 50% fat.
Dr Oz said that at this rate, Jay is predicted to die at 57 years old, and right now he is 43 years old. Doctor Oz even put together a video for Jay to show him everything that he would miss out on if he died at the age of 57 such as graduations, his daughter’s wedding, grandchildren, etc. and it brought tears to his eyes because he wants to be there for his family. The good news is that everything is still reversible for Jay and for most of us, so lets commit to getting on the right track today! Leave a comment below to pledge which of the factors in the Life Calculator above that you will be working on turning around!