Getting younger

Says here my “real” age (57) is three years less than my chronological one (60). If you take the test, notice how the calculated age at the bottom changes if you fool around and change your answers.

The surprising difference, at least in my case, is vitamin supplements. By adjusting those from none to large amounts, I can reduce my “real age” from 57 to 55.8 by taking the test’s maximum listed doses of Vitamin E, folic acid and vitamin C, and by having 10 or more servings per week of food made from tomato paste. I already consume the recommended quantities of breakfast and fish.

Interesting, but methinks the test-makers are selling vitamins.


  1. francine hardaway’s avatar

    I’ve taken that test. Very easy to game. The other issue is that it’s based on today’s “conventional wisdom,” and not tomorrow’s. It’s tempting to think we can control our lives, but unfortunately that’s true to a very limited extent. Example: have you read the recent research on cholesterol? Turns out lowering LDL cholesterol isn’t the end-all and be-all of preventing heart attacks. Turns out HOW you lower it matters.

  2. Geoff’s avatar

    I’m a day older than you 🙂 – On the ‘test” I came out at 56.6 years old with all the supplements set to lowest level.

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