Life Expectancy Calculator by Cause of Death

When am I going to die? The Social Security Administration’s actuarial tables tell me a 32-year-old male has a remaining life expectancy of 46.00 years. To refine that estimate, I can look at papers like this one that compare life expectancy depending on modifiable risk factors. A 50-year-old male who does five healthy things (1. … Continue reading Life Expectancy Calculator by Cause of Death

Preventing Heart Disease with PCSK9 Inhibitors

Powerful new drugs that reduce LDL cholesterol to unprecedented levels with minimal side effects should eliminate heart disease within the next few decades. The primary cause of heart disease is that excessive LDL cholesterol in the blood builds up as plaque inside blood vessels. In my last two posts, I wrote about the first- and … Continue reading Preventing Heart Disease with PCSK9 Inhibitors

Millennials Should Get Screened for Colon Cancer

Rates of colon and rectal cancer (CRC) incidence and death have been decreasing for decades. However, there’s an important exception to this trend. CRC incidence and death has been increasing for people below 50, all the way down to 20 years old. Risk still increases with age, but the difference in risk between 50-year-olds and … Continue reading Millennials Should Get Screened for Colon Cancer

Do you need a HEPA filter in your car?

With atrocious air quality in California right now, I’m doing everything I can to keep my lungs clear of fine particulate matter, aka PM2.5. Chronic exposure to even moderate levels of PM2.5 or acute exposure to high levels significantly increases all-cause mortality. I’ve previously written about how running HEPA filters in your house is a … Continue reading Do you need a HEPA filter in your car?

Will Multivitamins Extend Your Life? The Evidence

Wild claims about vitamin supplements fly all over the internet. My Facebook feed is little more than a series of ads for vitamins, potions, and blood tests that promise to turn me into an immortal David Hasselhoff. So what does the best science tell us about vitamin supplements for people who haven’t been diagnosed with … Continue reading Will Multivitamins Extend Your Life? The Evidence