Study: RealAge Test an Accurate Measure of Mortality

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We wanted to know whether the real age score could be used for medical research. We know that people are really interested in knowing what their real age is. If you're 35 and it tells you your real age is 30 then, you're about five years healthier than the average person. But what we wanted to know, whether or not that was also true medically.

In other words, does this also say something like you actually have about five years longer to live than the average person in your same age. The way we tackle this study is that we went into public databases on people who've passed away in the United Sates. And we matched those databases, to databases of individuals who had taken the real age test and this is an area of big data.

So it's really exciting because there are millions of people who have taken the real age test. So we were able to find out a lot of information about people from a wide range of ages. And by doing that, what we can see was, if you have a real age of 30, what's the average longevity of somebody with a real age of 30.

What's the average longevity of someone to real age of 40? And we can compare what the score was telling you to what the actual data on who lives and who passes away tells us. So one of the things that really surprised us about this study is that the RealAge is not just related to your health.

It's actually a dead on accurate estimate of your health. So we thought that if you were five years younger according to RealAge test that would mean that you're a little bit healthier. But what we found was that when we match this to the death records, you're actually likely to live an additional five years, not seven, not three but five.

So this means not only is it leaning in the right direction, but it's telling you quantitatively how much better your health is relative to other people. I think consumers can really take advantage of the RealAge test. Now that we know that it's a valid measure of how long you'll live at least in the short term, it's a good test that you can take to find out how your health is relative to other people and that can be an extremely motivating thing.

So, for people who find out that their health is bad on average, you can give them positive reinforcement. And so if you just started jogging or if you started doing weight control and you feel successful and you go and take this test and you find out that these changes that you've made have actually improved your RealAge score.

We know from a [xx] that can help you to actually achieve those goals. For people who have a worse RealAge score than average, that might be a wake up call. That might be the first time, that they've really gotten an objective source of information online that they have problems, that maybe they need the do things like quit smoking or they need to think about exercising or think about weight control in order to be able to take control of their own health to be able to improve that score.

And especially, in America we love competitions. We love numbers and having a number that you can put on your health, I think for a lot people here especially, helps them to think. Okay well, how do I improve that number? How do I get that number a little bit higher? I think for consumers it's really nice to able to have this metric and to know that this metric actually says something about your health.

The average score, actually is a valid score that tells you about your health.