A new blood test has been introduced that could conceivably reveal how long you have to live. Would you want to know when you were going to die? If not, why not? And, if so, knowing your days were numbered, how would you live your life differently?
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This is a tough one! It would be nice to find out if I had a disease and I didn’t know about it, that you could catch it early enough to cure. But other than that, I wouldn’t want to know when I was gonna die.
I don’t want to know either and how accurate can it truly be? It can only measure your life years in terms of your health that day. A blood test won’t tell you if you die because of a car accident tomorrow or on your way home from the doctor! And everyone knows that if you change to healthier habits, that prolongs your life expectancy so…I wouldn’t want to know.
I agree with Sue. One thing I’ve tinkered with years ago is, I think it’s called the “RealAge test” and you can find it on the internet. You answer a bunch of questions about your health, lifestlyle, etc., and they tell you what your “real age” is, e.g., if you are really healthy your “real age” is younger than your chronological age. And vice versa. Then they tell you that if you change this or that about your lifestyle, you could take X years off your “real age.” I thought it was kind of cool.
With my luck? I’d walk out of the testing facility and get hit by a bus.
I agree with Jenny that it would be nice to know if you had a disease early enough to cure it and I also agree with Sue that you could get hit by a bus on the way home from taking the test but no, I’d never do it. I’d spend all my time dreading it and worrying about it and I’d just get hung up on it. I’d much prefer to not know. I don’t think I’d live my life any differently either. I started doing what made me happy a few years ago and now that’s what I do. My family is the most important thing to me and the things I do would include them whether I’m dying or not.
As for how I’d live differently if I knew my death would be sooner than average? Depending on how soon, I might focus on preparing for my kids to be OK after my death. I’d probably simplify my life even more and be more forceful about NOT working ridiculous hours. Knowing me, I’d probably have a system set up so that whoever has to deal with my details after my death would have an easy time of it. But as for enjoying life, I don’t think things would be a whole lot different.
I think I’d skip the test. Our days are already numbered and I don’t need to know when the end is coming. I already spend lots of time with family and close friends and to help others when possible so I don’t think I’d change much. Maybe make sure of final details, but that’s pretty much all I’d worry about.