Can this new blood test can predict your death 5-10 years before it happens?

blood test
Image: Shutterstock

Though predicting an exact day is far from likely, an experimental blood test may be able to tell an individual’s risk of dying in the next five to 10 years.

Researchers in Europe made a predictive tool using data from more than 44,000 individuals ages 18 through 109 years old, 5,500 of whom died during the study period. They identified 14 different substances from participants’ blood samples that were associated with a risk of death — such as blood sugar, lipid particles that transport “bad” cholesterol throughout the body, and albumin, a protein made by the liver that keeps fluid in your bloodstream so it doesn’t leak into tissues. When these substances get higher or lower, they can be indicative of certain health problems, like Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Using those 14 indicators, the researchers built a model that predicts the likelihood that a person will die in five to 10 years. In a new study published [August 20] in Nature Communications, they report the prediction accuracy was around 83% overall. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Eventually, middle-aged and elderly people might get a death predictor test at a routine checkup or when they’re hospitalized to help doctors guide treatment and recommend preventive measures.

Read full, original post: Want to Know When You’ll Die? A New Blood Test May Hold the Answer

Related article:  Experimental blood tests for Alzheimer’s could boost research, treatment of the disease
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
seralinistud

Gilles-Éric Séralini: Activist professor and face of anti-GMO industry

The French biologist and his research team--funded by the Rodale ...
vandana shiva

Vandana Shiva: ‘Rock Star’ of GMO protest movement has anti-science history

In a 2012 interview, Bill Moyers referred to Vandana Shiva as ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend