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Would you want to know how long you are going to live?

Asked by Cruiser (40416points) May 16th, 2011

Apparently there is a new blood test that can show you how fast you are aging and can be used to estimate how much longer you should live. Would you spend the $650.00 to find out how much longer you might live??

Is this an ethical issue?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I wouldn’t do it and I could see a ton of ethical/legal issues with it in regards to insurance companies.

mazingerz88's avatar

Yes, but only if it’s 100, healthy and filthy rich.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Nopity nope nope nope.

Blueroses's avatar

No. It seems as useless a predictor as any other that doesn’t take all factors into consideration. Maybe I have young and vigorous blood but I’m a habitual jaywalker, a reckless driver and I taunt armed bullies on the bad side of town.

Cruiser's avatar

That is a very good point @Seaofclouds. I think the insurance companies would be all over this! Hmmmm….

Coloma's avatar

No. I don’t want to know.

However, while I never ‘worry’ about much of anything, I did just lose a close artist friend on March 9. He had just turned 50 last October. Keeled over of a heart attack at dinner with his wife..gone in less than 10 minutes.

Losing Kirk has really impacted me..he was a brilliant poet, artist, videographer and my writing mentor. I guess my biggest concern is exiting before I feel I have fulfilled my creative destiny.

ragingloli's avatar

I have no blood, so…

Cruiser's avatar

Sorry to hear about losing your friend @Coloma!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Yes and I’d pay the price if nothing else was pressing for that amount. I don’t think ethics has anything to do with discovering one’s mortality. This information might not necessarily be cheery for me but it will be more important in how to prepare the people around me I’ve responsibilities to. I’d shuffle my bucket list and ask some questions of people I’ve been putting off.

everephebe's avatar

If I can make it till 30, I think I can make it to 50, and if I make it to 50 I can probably die pretty darn old. This blood test wouldn’t tell me anything pertinent to my life. I’d take it if it was free though, just for a hoot.

Coloma's avatar


Thank You.

Yep, not a day goes by that I don’t think..” Oooh, I gotta share this with Kirk ”, then..I remember..oh, yeah, he’s dead! :-(

gailcalled's avatar

I’ll settle, happily, for living through today and waking up tomorrow morning. So far, so good.

Cruiser's avatar

That’s how I take it @gailcalled, one day at a time!

Scooby's avatar

Well, considering none of the men in my family, up to now have never seen sixty :-/
I’m guessing my wick has at least sixteen years left to burn…… anything over that I’ll consider a bonus. :-/

Coloma's avatar


Candles in the wind, we all are.
Yep, just be glad your little flame is lighting the way, just today! ;-)

Facade's avatar

I’d do it.

ucme's avatar

Nah, why spoil the suprise? ;¬}

blueiiznh's avatar

Nope, I too like a good suprise and would be pissed if it were anything less than 120.

Coloma's avatar


You are in fine form today! haha


That gives me enthusiasm for one of my ideas…communal communities for seniors.
Yurts for the ancient.
A collective of cabin/yurt combos on a large piece of property, minimum 20 acres. Everyone will help each other, and tend to the less ambulatory ones.

Even the bedridden can stir the soup if the ladle is long enough. haha

I can see it now…all those 4 wheel drive Larks buzzing around harvesting from the communal garden.

Herding the livestock and feeding the chickens from the remuda of Larks.

Saddle up grandpa, it’s roundup time. ;-)

Mariah's avatar

I don’t know. If it were shorter than I would like, that could be very depressing, but could also whip my priorities into shape. I’m guilty of being a “forward thinker” to the extreme – given the choice between what will make me happy now and what will make me happy down the road, I always choose the latter. Maybe, just maybe, if I knew that I wasn’t going to live as long as I would like, I could start learning to live in the present a little better.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Am I the only person here who has run their numbers through Realage? Based on my statistics: height, weight, exercise, blood tests, etc. my life expectancy is 96. I’m planning on it.

Scooby's avatar

I’m just fortunate I have lots of wax to burn, so to speak :-/
I just hope the flame doesn’t blow out before the fuel is exhausted Lol…… ;-)

Coloma's avatar


Stay away from drafts. lol

majorrich's avatar

I was once told 8 months to a year at best. That was 9 years ago. I will see my son graduate from High School and, with any luck, see him graduate from College and everything else. I’m already out of warranty and don’t need to know how much time I have left.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I would have liked to know when I was young. If I had known how long I was going to live I would have taken better care of myself.

Sunny2's avatar

No. For the last 10 years I’ve felt that any time I died was okay because I’ve had a much more interesting and exciting life already than I’d ever imagined. So, whenever. It’s okay.

@Neizvestnaya Do those things now! You could be hit by a car or some other unlikely catastrophe tomorrow afternoon. (Not predicting; not hoping; just saying)

flutherother's avatar

I wouldn’t give them the money, they can only give you probabilities.

Scooby's avatar

Lol… close that window :-/

rock4ever's avatar

Nah I’m more likely to die from an accident ( like losing a game of chicken with a car ) than from my health so it’s pointless for me.

pshizzle's avatar

Yeah. Then I can do what I want!

Coloma's avatar


Play chicken with me and I survive, I’ll wring your neck!
Never mess with an old hen, young cocks don’t stand a chance! haha

rock4ever's avatar

Haha Bring it on!

pshizzle's avatar

@Coloma Don’t mess with @rock4ever when it comes to Chicken!

Coloma's avatar

Baaaaaaawwwwck, bawk, bawk, bawk…cluck! :-)

rock4ever's avatar

Meh I’m a chicken in some things but definitely not the game chicken!

bea2345's avatar

People who habitually take chances, such as jaywalkers, are their telomeres shorter than those of other, more careful, people? On the whole, I don’t want to know, it is enough as @gailcalled said, that I wake up in the morning.

Hibernate's avatar

I haven’t read about the test but there’s a catch there. If it’s true you might live according to that age if you do not encounter medical issues. A heart attack cannot be predicted [ yet ].
Not to mention stupid accidents like a car/train etc accident.
Any tumor cannot be predicted either nor the possibility of getting AIDS, cancer etc etc

I wouldn’t want to know when I die because it will ruin the rest of my life.

markylit's avatar

Yes and No. I dunno. I think it’s one of those big questions in life which you really don’t have a proper answer for. But really an interesting question worth pondering over and over again.

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