Show me your blood and I tell you if you’ll die

by Annalisa Lista - 2014.02.28

Can a blood test predict if you' ll die within few years of some diseases? It seems so,according to a team of researchers whose study was published in PLOS Medicine. According to research, based on a sample of 17, 3456 Estonian and Finnish persons, there are four biomarkers predictive of cardiovascular mortality, as well as death from cancer and other nonvascular diseases. Individuals with a biomarker score in the top 20% had a risk of dying within five years that was 19 times greater than that of individuals with a score in the bottom 20%. Also, one in five participants in the Estonian cohort with a biomarker summary score within the highest percentile died during the first year of follow-up. Results proving that apparently healthy people may show a frailty they are unaware of, emerging from the levels of the four biomarkers combined: albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, citrate and a similar size of very-low-density lipoprotein particles.

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