Get out your crystal ball. An analysis of the 679 patient Gargano Mortality Study and the 936 patient Foggia Mortality Study was published earlier online this month in Diabetes Care in which the authors noted that all-cause mortality can be predicted based upon a model that includes age, body mass index, diastolic blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, urine albumin:creatinine ratio, and blood pressure & insulin therapies, with validated accuracy. A web-based online version of this calculator is available . While it may be intuitive, use of this model might assist a patient or family about the appropriateness of any given procedure. Or it might provoke a patient into improving some aspect of his/her life in order to reduce all-cause mortality. Just something to ponder . . .