Do you REALLY want to know how long you are going to live?

  • silverfox

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    May 17, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    For real- there is a new blood test that will supposedly provide an accurate indication of how long you are going to live. It is being rolled out in Europe within months, and will follow into the United States soon after.

    Here are the details-----


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/concerns-grow-over-dna-test-that-determines-your-lifespan-2285007.html

    There are ethical questions of course. Imagine insurance companies demanding this test before they provide coverage.

    My question is....to you. Do you really want to know how long you are going to live? Would you do anything differently based on what the results of your test were?

    I am going to answer in a bit....have to eat but I wanted to throw it out there.
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    May 17, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    Nope, I wanna be surprised!!! haha I mean if I knew that, I would probably live the same way but it would seem like everyday is a countdown. Also, It would only tell my health, I mean I could get up from my computer, walk out of my room, and lose my footing on the stairs and break my neck hahaha I try to live in the current moment so I'm not really thinking that far in advance..
  • starboard5

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    May 17, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    If such a test is accurate I still see it as having limited value, and there are privacy concerns, as you indicated. It might show potential longevity, but it's not going to tell you when you're going to die. Accident or acute illness may cause your death, and nothing can predict them.
  • alphatop

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    May 17, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I know how long am I going to live. Till the end of my life. And that is good enough for me.
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    May 17, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    I once thought I knew but happily was proven wrong. And yes, I did things differently.
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    May 17, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    I would prefer not knowing when my exact death will be. Life would just be easier and comforting without knowing. If I did know, I would probably obsess over it, which would alter my lifestyle and lead to my imminent death. icon_eek.gif

    That would not be fun.
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    May 17, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    silverfox1 saidMy question is....to you. Do you really want to know how long you are going to live? Would you do anything differently based on what the results of your test were?


    I want to choose when I die. When I've decided that I've had enough, perhaps that one jump from an airplane I won't pull that ripcord. Or I'll jump a little further off that cliff on a snowboard. Or I'll just not make that turn on my mountain bike. Or I'll jump that waterfall in my kayak and make one last great video. Even I don't know myself. That day is not today, and chances are it won't be tomorrow. I can say that a blood test would definitely not be the basis of the decision, nor will stress, anxiety, or depression. It'll have to be one of those "okay, I've lived long enough, I've done everything I wanted to do, and this is the point in my life where I'm ready to say goodbye" moments, and I'll die doing what I love to do.

    Then again, with my luck, it'll probably be cancer or some shit that kills me instead. Damned fate. icon_wink.gif
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    May 17, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    I was going to say something like you should live every day like it's your last or some buuuullllshit like that, but on the other hand I work a long day today.

    So I guess I might take it so I would be able to plan my vacation time better. The biggest tragedy would be to die with a few months of vacation time built up.

    I'm not so worried about the insurance implications since I live in Belgium, but for me personally it would be nice to know when I might get my affairs in order by.
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    May 17, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    i think i would not like to know ..... I dont wanna live thinking that my due date is soon ..... although maybe it can increase the value of life, but .... i guess it'll be better not knowing ... at least for me.

    I dont wanna get all emo on the last few months or something ..... and we Geminis lol
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    May 17, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    Eh, I'm dying by the age of 35 either in a terrible car crash or drowned at sea... I have actually visualized it. Weird I know!
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    May 17, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    Oh- I already know I'm only going to 75.
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    May 17, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    When I am 60 years old, I will get this tatoo to cover my whole torso:

    DNR
    as a message to my family.
  • silverfox

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    May 18, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    Well according to 'the Bible" we may not have be able to contemplate questions like this much longer. DECIDE NOW! icon_biggrin.gif


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    May 18, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    No I think I would stress about it too much. I would want to get everything done that I hadn't had a chance too and put other stuff aside. Plus there is always the accidental life occurrences and lately unfathomable natural disasters that could throw the whole thing right out the damn window.
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    May 18, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    silverfox1 saidWell according to 'the Bible" we may not have be able to contemplate questions like this much longer. DECIDE NOW! icon_biggrin.gif


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    I put a post on facebook saying something like "If you're still here after Saturday, god didn't love you" and now my parents won't talk to me. Some religious folk can't take a joke.
  • LJay

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    May 18, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    Why is that guy on that billboard squatting to dump?

    No, I do not want to know the number of my days, especially if I am to die suddenly. It seems like not knowing is one of the few interesting things left in my life.
  • LJay

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    May 18, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    PS- As for the 21st, I bout milk with that expiration date, planning to use it past the date.
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    May 18, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    I had ouija boards reveal, on 2 separate occasions, that I would die in a car accident on my 46th birthday.

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