"Crystal Ball" Test Predicts Longevity

If you’re a senior, you may find yourself wishing for a crystal ball. After all, most of us can’t help but wonder about our future and how long we’ll be sticking around.

Scientists have fancy machines that make these kinds of predictions by measuring the age of your cells. But those tests are expensive. And they’re not something most folks have access to.

Doctors can run a variety of blood tests. But they’re not just pricey… the reality is, when it comes to making longevity predictions, they’re ALSO unreliable.

Take my father-in-law’s case, for example. He got a clean bill of health from his doctor and died a week later at 72.

But there IS a “Crystal Ball” test that provides a surprisingly good prediction of longevity. It’s easy, free, and you can do it at home.

If you’ve ever had to do physical therapy, you may have heard of the “sit-to-stand” skill. This same ability is behind the sit-to-stand test that can reveal your future longevity.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • start by standing
  • cross one leg over the other
  • lower yourself to a crossed-legged sitting position on the floor
  • then stand back up

Optimally, the only muscles you’ll use to help lower and raise yourself up will be your legs and core. But many of us will need to modify it to sit and stand successfully.

If it sounds challenging, that’s because it is. And it can be even MORE difficult if you’re a senior. So be sure to have someone nearby to help keep you safe should you need a hand. And don’t overdo it.

If you’re more of a visual learner, you can see an example of this test HERE on YouTube.

The test highlights balance, heart health, core and leg strength, flexibility, and agility. Which ultimately can help predict your longevity.

You get 10 points for doing it with no help. Subtract a point for each of the following:

  • Hand used for support: -1 point
  • Knee used for support: -1 point
  • Forearm used for support: -1 point
  • One hand on knee or thigh: -1 point
  • Side of the leg used for support: -1 point

The sit-to-stand test was used in a study published in the Journal of the European Society of Cardiology. Researchers found that folks with the lowest scores (0–3) had up to six times the chance of dying prematurely during the 11-year study than those with the highest score (8–10).

About 40 percent of the participants with low scores (0–3) died by the end of the study. But if you scored low on the test, there’s no need to panic. It just means it’s time to get to work. You CAN move the dial on your longevity.

Focus on agility, balance, and muscle strengthening. Check your local YMCA or gym for free or affordable personal trainers to help you build an effective exercise routine. Or you can ask your doctor about referring you for physical therapy.

As always, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.

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“Ability to sit and rise from the floor as a predictor of all-cause mortality,” European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 2012, 0(00) 1–7, DOI: 10.1177/2047487312471759

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

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