This is a question in the field of risk assessment.
There is an interesting table on risk assessment on the DanceSafe site that may
be of interest giving the risks for various activities.
> On Tuesday, October 03, 2000 3:22 PM florence peterson email@example.com
> > >about the level of health on this list. How often do
> > >members get
> > >check ups? have their blood tested?
> > I think one can attain good heath without check ups &
> > blood tests
> > I'm always dubious about putting my health into the
> > hands of someone
> > who's livelihood depends on there being sick people.
> Suit yourself. It's your life you're risking by such stereotypes.:)
> Also, since most people on this list, I bet, already have health plans, it's
> merely a matter of getting poked with a needle once or twice a year, getting
> the results -- not just the physician's interpretation, but the actual
> numbers -- and going over these with others. Not much of an investment,
> especially when the blood testing can often be done at your convenience. (I
> was tested a few months ago at my office.)
> The reason to do this, again, is that many health problems that can be
> spotted early enough can be treated and even cured. These are ones that
> often do not show symptoms. Granted, they are rare, but not so rare as that
> we should throw caution to the wind, especially given the low price of most
> blood testing.
> > >How many are on healthy diets? not overweight? take
> > >supplements?
> > By also taking the fun roller blades option and
> > healthy diet I am not overweight,
> > but have yet to find any supplements that improve on
> > my body's chemical balance.
> How do you know? Are you doing some testing on the side? If so, tell us
> what. I'd like some cheaper alternatives.
> > >One would hope people who are interested in
> > >maximum lifespans are doing this more than the rest
> > >of the population, but
> > >from the few people I've met over the years --
> > >admittedly, not a good
> > >sample, since it is small and extemely biased:) -- it
> > >seems like it's more
> > >talk than action.
> > >This is sad, since lots of nontraumatic, preventable
> > >things can kill NOW,
> > >such as heart disease and certain other easily
> > >prevented diseases.
> > There could be something to be said for dieing of an
> > easily preventable disease
> > i.e. it's easier to cure you after cryostasis.
> Again, if you want to take that gamble, do right ahead. Personally, I'd
> rather be alive and avoid cryostasis all together. I see it only as an
> extremely long shot to be used as a last resort. (Don't get me wrong here.
> I'm all for cryonics and urge others to sign up, but I also urge all of you
> not to plan for cryonics as your only means of life extension.)
> Daniel Ust
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