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I know a 85 year old that is insulin dependant, takes insulin twice per day, has CHF, and high blood pressure who does not ever take care of himself, drinks heavy cream on a daily basis, eats a high fat diet from red meat white bread, little or no vegetables, no exercise, he is short of breath, sleeps in his recliner chair due to excessive coughing at night. He does not seem to care as long as he gets through the day. He snacks on salted potatoe chips, eats lard, everything like that. How long do you think he will live due to his lack of self care?
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Health Professional: A. Schuyler, NP, Nurse Practitioner replied 8 years ago
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Hello,

Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Without knowing a lot more information there is no way to say how long he may live. Really only his doctors who treat him and know every facet of his medical history could predict how long he might live in his current condition (whatever that is). If he allows you access to his medical providers, you can ask them for their opinion.

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Relist: Incomplete answer.
I wish a qualified medical doctor to answer my question- the 85 year old does not see any doctors so he cannot get their advice.
Health Professional: A. Schuyler, NP, Nurse Practitioner replied 8 years ago

There is nothing "incomplete" about the answer since you cannot provide any more useful information. I will opt out and leave this for a medical doctor. However, physicians don't have crystal balls either. No medical professional can give (or would ethically attempt to give) an opinion on the man's prognosis without full access to all his medical records and an examination. Without that, you may as well ask the opinion of the bag boy at the grocery store.

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
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I originally requested a medical doctor to answer this question. The man takes hydrochlorathiazide lisinopril, and insulin twice per day so hopefully there is an intelligent medical doctor out here that can give me some good insight on what kind of life span ( even in general ) for this man to expect?
Health Professional: A. Schuyler, NP, Nurse Practitioner replied 8 years ago

Actually you didn't originally request a medical doctor. Here is the text of your original question:

I know a 85 year old that is insulin dependant, takes insulin twice per day, has CHF, and high blood pressure who does not ever take care of himself, drinks heavy cream on a daily basis, eats a high fat diet from red meat white bread, little or no vegetables, no exercise, he is short of breath, sleeps in his recliner chair due to excessive coughing at night. He does not seem to care as long as he gets through the day. He snacks on salted potatoe chips, eats lard, everything like that. How long do you think he will live due to his lack of self care?

It was only after I explained that no ethical medical professional would give you a guess that you requested a medical doctor. No one can guess a prognosis from the medications one takes (Many of us decades younger take those exact same medications) or a third hand report of his bad habits. It takes a full knowledge of the patient's entire medical history, as well as current labs and an examination to determine prognosis. From your other question, I know you want to be rid of this person, but no one here will be willing to give you an opinion on how long he might live. It could be 15 minutes and it could be 15 years, nobody knows but God with the limited information available.

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Relist: I WANT A MEDICAL DOCTOR TO ANSWER MY QUESTION NOT A NURSE PRACTITIONER..
I WANT A MEDICAL DOCTOR TO ANSWER MY QUESTION NOT A NURSE PRACTITIONER.
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