Information provided on this web site is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use information from this website to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. We advise you to always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Never disregard professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.
While there is evidence that altering lifestyle factors can change an individual’s health risk (e.g., death or cardiovascular disease risk), some changes may work quickly to lower risk, while others may take longer to achieve some benefit. The science is not definitive on the timing of the maximum benefit.
Accuracy of Risk Assessment
The risk scoring systems were developed in men and women who were free of the respective health outcome (e.g., free of cardiovascular disease for the cardiovascular disease risk algorithm) at baseline. Most algorithms are calibrated to either the Ontario or Canadian population. The calculations may not reflect risk for people from different populations. For example, the life expectancy for people from the United States is lower than Canadian life expectancy. This means that life expectancy estimates from this website may be too high for the average user from the United States. Please see a discussion in our science section and FAQs for more discussion.
Last modified: 2018 July 23