Scientists Develop Blood Test That Predicts When A Person Will Die

By: | August 27th, 2019

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Death is the biggest and the bitterest truth of our life. Each one of us has to face it some time for sure. 

Is Death an inevitable reality?

Believe it or not, Scientists have developed a blood test that could one day reveal clues about your mortality. According to a team of European researchers, Measurements of biomarkers in blood can help in predicting whether people were likely to die in the next five to 10 years.

The team analyzed blood samples from 44,168 individuals aged between 18 and 109 in 12 different cohorts. Out of this group, 5,512 of these participants died during their study’s follow-up period.

After going through the data that included measurements on 226 biomarkers in the blood samples, researchers concluded that 14 biomarkers including inflammation and fluid balance were associated with mortality.

In their study, researchers took blood sample of 7,603 Finnish people in 1997. Making use of the 14 biomarkers, researchers did the prediction… they found their blood test was 83% accurate in predicting mortality risk within five to 10 years.

Molecular epidemiologist and ageing researcher Eline Slagboom, said, “We want to tackle the vulnerability of people’s health that is hidden and that doctors cannot see from the outside,”

“I am still surprised by the fact that in a group of people you can take one blood sample at one point of time in their life, and that would say anything meaningful about their five to 10 year mortality risk.”


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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