FAQs

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  • The Life Age Test is a simple and evidence based way to find out if your lifestyle is ageing you or keeping you young.

  • We believe that living a younger life requires two things. First you need to stay as healthy as possible by living a healthy lifestyle. This means eating well, being active, not smoking, drinking moderately and maintaining a healthy weight. Our risks of poor health increase each year and a healthy lifestyle can measurably reduce them to a level that is lower, the same or worse than we would like for your age. Second, we also want to balance that with a positive and happy outlook on life, managing our stress, mood, sleep and being satisfied with our lives. Your answers to these questions determine whether we put extra years on your Life Age or take more off.

  • Generally speaking (and we see this in our data) people who live healthy lives also tend to be more positive and happy, however there are people who seem to live a healthy lifestyle but want and need more happiness in their lives. The idea that you can be happy but live an unhealthy lifestyle isn’t really sustainable. We might believe that drinking and eating is what makes us happy but in time that will likely cause health issues which leads often to more stress, poor sleep and a reduction in life satisfaction.

  • We have been developing “age-based” tests for ten years now, beginning with Heart Age in 2007. We published our research in peer-reviewed journals over the years and recently launched by the NHS in the UK as well as the CDC in the US. We used it across the world with different partners and showed that it led people to improve their health. However we knew that lifestyle factors were the key to many conditions, not just the heart. We also knew that people wanted to not just be healthy but also have a positive sense of wellbeing and happiness. So we took the same evidence-based approach, reviewing the literature on how different lifestyle factors affect mortality and how psychological factors contribute. We then developed a new statistical model or ‘algorithm’ that quantifies the impact of all those factors into a new Life Age score.

  • Our Guide for Living Younger incorporates a wide set of known psychological techniques and gives you a structure for making the necessary lifestyle changes. Whether you need to lose weight, get more active, make dietary changes or sort out your stress and sleep profile, the guide is designed to help you in each of the lifestyle areas required.

  • All of your data is held to the highest standards of data privacy and security. If you are participating via an Employer wellness program, your employer will not see your personal data and only receive an overall report for the company with anonymised data.

  • Whilst giving up smoking results in a sharp and huge reduction in your risk of developing disease such as heart disease and cancer, having smoked in the past unfortunately does leave you with a slight residual risk of developing certain types of cancer however long ago you quit. Specifically, research indicates that whilst after 15 years of quitting smoking the risk of getting heart disease returns to that of a non smoker, for lung cancer there is still a small increased risk 20 or 30 years after quitting. This level of residual risk appears to be linked to the number of years you smoked and the amount of cigarettes you smoked during that period. For more information please visit www.smokingpackyears.com.