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Could you live to 100? Take the quiz

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We all know our lifestyle has an impact on our health and wellbeing, but according to Dr Thomas Perls, director of the New England Centenarian Study, you can estimate exactly how the effects of your choices (healthy or not) will add up to determine your life expectancy.

Did you know a stressful lifestyle could knock three years off your life, or that not having family living close by could lose you a year? Or that suffering gum disease can have knock-on consequences, so that forgetting to floss daily will strike another year off your life? Even your wake-up choice of morning coffee (known to exacerbate some health conditions) over tea (packed with antioxidants that boost immunity) could affect the age at which you die.

The good news is that you can do a great deal now to increase your chances of a long life. See how you're doing so far by completing our quiz (below). Start at age 89, then add or subtract years as directed when you answer yes or no to the questions. For a more detailed assessment of your health and your life expectancy, visit www.livingto100.com.

Now take the quiz...

(If you click on any of the links, just use the 'back' button to bring you back to the quiz - or work out your final age, then come back for a read)

1 Do you suffer with a lot of stress, and cope badly with it?
YES - lose 3 years
NO
Click here for instant stress-busters

2 Do you have family living close by?
YES
NO - lose one year

3 Do you get less than six hours' sleep most nights?
YES - lose one year
NO
Click here for our complete guide to a good night's sleep

4 Do you work more than 40 hours a week?
YES - lose one year
NO
Click here to see if your office is making you ill

5 Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day?
YES - lose five years
NO
Click here for stop-smoking tips

6 Do you smoke 40 or more cigarettes a day?
YES - lose 15 years
NO
Click here to read real stories of women who quit

7 Are you obese (is your BMI over 25)?
YES - lose five years
NO
Try our free online BMI calculator

8 Do you eat red meat most days?
YES - lose three years
NO

9 Do you eat a lot of junk food?
YES - lose two years
NO

10 Do you eat sweets more than once a day?
YES - lose one year
NO
Click here to see what food cravings are trying to tell you

11 Do you have at least one cup of tea a day?
YES - add on one year
NO
Click here to read more about tea's health benefits

12 Do you drink caffeinated coffee every day?
YES - lose one year
NO

13 Do you drink more than four glasses of wine most days?
YES - lose seven years
NO
Click here to discover if you drink more than you think

14 Do you floss your teeth every day?
YES
NO - lose one year

15 Do you often forget to apply sunscreen, and/or do you use sunbeds?
YES - lose one year
NO

16 Do you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day?
YES - add on five years
NO

17 Do you never, or rarely, exercise?
YES - lose one year
NO
Click here for easy ways to exercise 

18 Do you have a bowel movement at least once every two days?
YES
NO - lose a year

19 Do you check your body (eg breasts and skin) for early signs of cancer?
YES - add one year
NO

20 Do you have very high blood pressure (160+/100+)?
YES - lose 15 years
NO

21 Do you have high cholesterol (more than 5mmo/l)?
YES - lose two years
NO

How did you do? Tell us in the Comments box, below...

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