Could A Blood Test Predict When You Will Die?

Could A Blood Test Predict When You Will Die?

Four specific biomarkers have been linked to death within the next five years.

Ross Brooks
  • 10 march 2014

Online quizzes that predict when you’re going to die were popular for a while, but now there is an actual test that could uncover your expiration date. 17,000 samples of blood from Finland and Estonia were tested to uncover which of 100 biomarkers were present in people that died within five years. Researchers turned up
four specific biomarkers linked to a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses.

The four culprits responsible for early death include albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, citrate, and the size of low-density lipoprotein particles. Albumin has already been linked to early death in the past, but the other three have been under the radar until now. Scientists made sure there there were no other contributing factors either, such as old age, obesity, cholesterol levels, or alcohol use, amongst others.


“What is especially interesting is that these biomarkers reflect the risk of dying from very different types of diseases such as heart disease or cancer,” the University of Helsinki‘s Johannes Kettunen, a lead author of the study, said in a statement. “Next, we aim to study whether some kind of connecting factor between these biomarkers can be identified.”

While it might seem like a grim idea to some, the test could prove useful in helping to develop a healthier lifestyle. In cases where the chance of death is extremely high because of a symptom that is relatively easy to fix, it would be better to be made aware of the solution sooner rather than later.

University of Helsinki
Source: Refinery29, Mashable
biologycorner, Argonne National Laboratory via Flickr


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