Calculating Life Insurance Premiums
When applying for life insurance, the insurer will determine your health status based on your age, gender and overall health. Since women statistically live longer than men, their premiums are lower. Plus, younger people have lower premiums because they typically have a longer period of time to pay their premiums and tend to have less health problems. These factors are not controllable.
Your lifestyle, engaging in dangerous activities and having modifiable health issues (example: smoking-related asthma) will increase your premium. For example, life insurance premiums for these individuals, because of the risks they assume in extreme sport, might be be higher!
Do you have family members who nag you about exercising more, eating healthier, quitting smoking or lowering your blood pressure? Well… it may be time to start listening to them. Modifying controllable health and lifestyle factors will reduce your life insurance premium, in addition to making you healthier!
When applying for life insurance, you will be asked to provide information about your medical history and take a physical examination. If you are not completely truthful about your medical history, you may lose your policy or, when you die, your dependents may be denied death benefits. Therefore, it is imperative that you tell the truth throughout this process.
The Medical Exam
A medical practitioner hired by the insurance company will typically come to your home to administer an exam. This person will check your weight, blood pressure and other vital signs. They may also take a blood and/or urine sample to test for signs of disease, your cholesterol level, presence of nicotine and a presence of illegal drugs. In rare cases, you may also need X-rays or an EKG.
After this process, the insurance company will determine your premium. There are health factors that you can change to lower your premium. For instance, you could:
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
- Improve your cholesterol levels
- Take medications regularly
If you have taken the steps to improve controllable health factors, such as quitting smoking, you may contact the insurance company and ask about lowering your premium.
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