Drop and Give Me 40: The Power of Pushups

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and remains a major focus in underwriting life insurance and living benefits. Determining the long-term risks of developing CVD has captured the interest of researchers, underwriters and actuaries alike. Continue reading “Drop and Give Me 40: The Power of Pushups”

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DUIs: New Laws for a New Era

The introduction of legalized cannabis in October 2018 was accompanied by a great deal of publicity, debate and no shortage of controversy. Less publicized but equally as important, were the changes made to the impaired driving laws in December 2018, addressing the use of both alcohol and cannabis when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Continue reading “DUIs: New Laws for a New Era”

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Driving High and how it can Impact Your Future






But My Doctor Says I’m Fine

Sometimes, medical tests done for underwriting purposes point to a potential health or mortality concern, even when the client has received a clean bill of health from their attending physician. This can result in the client being offered a ‘rated’ life insurance policy or being categorically declined coverage altogether even though the client reports, “But my doctor says I’m fine!” Continue reading “But My Doctor Says I’m Fine”



Binges, Blackouts, and the Risky Drinker

Alcohol use varies greatly among insurance applicants as does the impact on health and mortality. In North America, almost 100,000 deaths annually are attributed to alcohol and the cost is in excess of $250 billion*. How much is too much is a perennial question and current thinking pegs healthy drinking at less than 14 drinks per week and less than 4 drinks in a single day. For women and adults 65 and older, 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 a day are recommended.

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A Toast to Healthier Living


Genes, Testing, and the Angelina Jolie Effect

In May 2017, the Canadian parliament passed the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA) – formerly known as Bill S-201 – that precludes, under certain conditions, the insurance industry’s ability to use genetic tests for underwriting. The GNA, an Act to prohibit and prevent discrimination, states that genetic test information can no longer be requested or used in rendering underwriting decisions.

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Your Genes, Your Business