WASHINGTON, September 3, 2016 – “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin. While our presidential candidates discuss the taxes, the question of when, or how, we will ‘shuffle off this mortal coil’ (Shakespeare) is one that remain unanswered. But can we hazard a guess based on where we live and our genetic makeup.
In AsapSCIENCE’S latest video, “How Will You Die?” host Gregory Brown, Mitchell Moffit, and Rachel Salt explain how your mortality, or expected life expectancy can be guessed at based on multiple factors, including where you live. If your fortunate to have been born, and lived, in a developed nation, the U.S., France or Canada, the average life expectancy has gone up to 82. If your birth occurred in a third world country, like Rwanda, you expectancy is almost twenty years less, as Rwandan die on average at the age of 64.
Why do we die? There is the natural causes – our heart ceases to beat and we die. But there are unintentional ways to hasten our deaths: seventy children a year choke to death on hot dgs. In the U.S., 2.6 million people die from heart disease or cancer. In Russia be wary of falling icicles that annually take the lives of 100 people
Lizette Borreli, from Medical Daily, reports on “How Will You Die?”