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‘USC Longevity’ app predicts how long you’ll live
  • By Marian Chu
  • Published 2017.10.31 17:03
  • Updated 2017.10.31 17:03
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USC researchers have developed a mobile application that will predict how long you’ll live, according to Pinchas Cohen, the dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, at the Korea Healthcare Congress 2017 Tuesday.

Pinchas Cohen, the dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, presents the concept of “personalized aging” and using technology to optimize wellness and prevention, at the Korea Healthcare Conference 2017 in downtown Seoul Tuesday.

“Personalized aging” is the concept of taking individual characteristics into account when identifying risks to and providing recommendations for living a long, healthy life. This app, which uses technology to optimize wellness and prevention of disease, does just that, according to Cohen.

“We developed an app that can produce very accurate estimates of life expectancy,” he said. “USC Longevity predicts current life expectancy, provides incentives adoption of a healthy lifestyle to improve life expectancy and help in financial planning.”

The app is based on clinical biomarkers, socio-demographics and health behaviors developed from data on 20,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and over, he said. The app calculates an individual’s “biological” age, which is more accurate than one’s chronological age, to predict overall life expectancy.

USC Longevity also allows users to think about their retirement savings, Cohen explained. “Most Americans underestimate how long they will live and often do not have enough funds to last until then. If you learn that you’ll live to 96 years old then you better find the funds to live on,” he added.

A more exciting feature gives its users to play with one’s biomarkers that allows individuals to see how much longer, or shorter, they will live when they adjust for certain lifestyle habits or dietary factors, among others, the U.S. expert noted.

The predicted changes can serve as an incentive and motivational tool for advancing health by showing users how much longer they can live if they follow their clinicians’ advice or by living a healthier life, he added.

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