How Dangerous Is The Lifestyle You Lead?

Most things come to an end and life, as precious as it is, is no exception to this rule. What is the one fear that 99% of the population has in common? No…not spiders. I’m talking about that tall, dark, scythe wielding thing we lovingly refer to as the Grim Reaper. And unlovingly refer to as Death. It is the end all be all, so why wouldn’t we be afraid of it? The unknowns that surround it make it all that more ominous. When will it happen and how will it happen are the questions that plague our minds.

Well, I’m here to both ease your fears and possibly amplify them in some cases. I’m looking at you, people that eat 100 char-broiled steaks in succession.

We know the risks that come along with the things we eat, drink, and inhale; but just how risky are those behaviors? Smoking 15–24 cigarettes (a pack)can deduct 10 microlives (or 5 hours) from your life. So every carton of cigarettes a smoker goes through they deduct 50 hours from their life, or ~2 days. And eating a steak while watching a couple hours of TV? You can say goodbye to another hour of your life.

But with the bad comes the good. Eating your 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables adds 2 hours to your life (so eat up!), while 20 minutes of exercise can add an hour on. And there’s no need to give up your after work beer, drinking just one alcoholic drink at night will add a half hour to your life! But limit it to just the one as each drink after the first deducts 15 minutes.

We’ve covered the good and bad behaviors that add to your life, but what about those freak accidents that no amount of vegetables can prepare you for? See the charts below for your odds of dying from a variety of activities. They are measured in micromorts, which is a unit of risk that represents a one-in-a-million chance of sudden death. It includes the odds for extreme activities such as hiking Mt. Everest and base jumping to the unsettlingly high odds for more everyday activities such as having surgery, going swimming, or even getting out of bed over the age of 90.

I hope these statistics don’t amplify your worries about dying, but instead show that there are some activities you really shouldn’t worry about! A fear of flying is a big one and yet there is 1 in 205,552 chance of dying in a plane crash, while the chance of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 1 in 102. Yet the fear of driving isn’t as big of a worry.