06/25/2013 02:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Long You Live Might Depend on How Well You Get Up From Sitting

Patients often ask me, "Doc, how long will I live?", or they want a sense of how sick they or a loved one really is. Well, it turns out there is a simple test that nearly everyone can do in their own home that can predict their chance of a long life.

It's called the "Sit to Rise" test, and I have included a video that shows you how to do it, as well as how to calculate your score.

Sit To Rise from Discovery Channel CME on Vimeo.

The data is based on 51-80 year olds, but the test and results probably applies to folks who are in their 40s as well.

This simple test can provide useful information not only to you but to your physician as well. And you certainly can encourage friends and loved ones to try it as well.

Try it today -- and if your score is less than perfect, I even provide you some tips to not only get a better score but perhaps a longer life.

DeBrito LB, Ricardo DR, et al. Ability to sit and rise from the floor as a predictor of all-cause mortality. Eur Journal of Preventive Cardiology 2012, Dec 13.

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