Will You Die in the Next Five Years?


Doctors claim to have found a way to predict a person’s risk of dying in the next five years – using a simple questionnaire.

With predictable questions on smoking habits and history of illness, but also more nuanced inquiries about the pace of your walk, your attitude to your own health and even how many cars you own, researchers behind the new “Ubble” questionnaire said they could give 40 to 70-year-olds a mortality risk “score”, and even an alternative “Ubble age”.

The scores are based on an analysis of health information from more than half a million adults in the UK, carried out by experts at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

It has been tested on more than 35,000 patients enrolled at two health centres in Scotland and found to have around 80 per cent accuracy.

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