The Sunday papers today are reporting that two British professors have patented a test that analyzes endothelial reactivity.
Oh good, you say – just what I always wondered about myself.
The paper is calling it a Death Test, but if the Americans get hold of it, it will undoubtedly be called a Life Test. Either way, endothelial reactivity measures the oscillation within the blood cells of capillaries, our smallest blood vessels. The results indicate just how well an individual is functioning over all, and so can predict the undiagnosed presence of cancer and dementia.
But the results are also graded for optimal functioning between 0 and 100, and with sufficient data will ultimately be able to make a reasonably accurate prediction of when an individual will die – even if that event is decades away.
The good news is that the test is a laser test that is completely painless, non-invasive, even user-friendly. The expectation is that the test will be available to GP’s within three years.
If it were on offer, would you take it? At my age now I would – it would make it much easier to plan for the rest of my limited future here. But would I want to know at the age of eighteen how long I probably had to live barring accident or epidemic. Or at the age of forty? fifty?
One thing for sure, once the data is reliable enough, insurance and pension companies are going to want to know.