The Doctors pose a controversial question: if there was a test that would tell you when you may die, would you take it? The Doctors polled viewers and 61% said they would want to know. While ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says he wouldn’t want to know, both plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra say they would!
According to scientists from Yale University, you may be able to know that answer using a blood test. The test measures your phenotypic age looking at nine biomarkers in the blood to make the assessment. If your phenotypic age is older than your chronological age it could suggest a shorter life expectancy.
Dr. Batra says she loves information and actually did send in her blood test from a few years ago. Dr. Batra points out that these biomarkers are ones typically looked at when you go to the doctor for a blood test, things that are actually modifiable like glucose and creatinine. If you get results that are not the most favorable it gives people the knowledge that they maybe should make some changes. Is this true for Dr. Batra? Dr. Ordon has her results!
Dr. Batra is 44 years old and her phenotypic age is 42.5. Her phenotypic age ranks better than 84% of the population. Her median life expectancy is 83.5 years old and her 10-year mortality risk is a very low 3.4%.
Dr. Batra is not upset but believes she can do better! Dr. Travis says he bets if she comes back next year and does the test again, she will reach the 99th percentile! Dr. Travis reminds viewers if they do take a test like this to not let it take over their lives. He says it is good if it helps people get healthier but overall to take it with a grain of salt. “Don’t view it as your destiny or fate, think of it as a call to action,” Dr. Batra concludes.