But what if you were given an insight into when you might pass away, based on the way you walk?

Well, a new study has shown that measurements obtained via wrist motion sensors can be used to predict a user’s mortality risk up to five years following.

The study, which was published on Thursday in PLOS Digital Health journal, looked at data from over 100,000 people in the UK

as part of the Biobank project, which started collecting health and biometric data from participants in 2006.

The study followed the participants for 14 years in total, with researchers at the University of Illinois tracking each of the participants’

acceleration and the distance travelled into six-minute chunks, as per author Bruce Schatz.

The allotted time elapsed in turn mimics the six-minute walk tests, where scientists can measure the heart and lung function commonly measured during medical appointments.

This test sees patients walking at a normal pace for six minutes and compares their total distance walked to others who are their age.

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