New Blood Test Can Predict When You're Going To Die

rexusa_1904045aPhoto: Cultura/REX USA.
Get those bucket lists ready. A new study suggests our blood may provide four telltale signs that the grim reaper is upon us.
Advertisement
The study's researchers screened more than 17,000 samples of blood from an overall healthy population in both Finland and Estonia for more than 100 different biomarkers — the biological molecules found in the body that indicate abnormalities. They then followed up on each subject’s health status for several years. Using samples of those who passed away within five years after the blood sample was taken, the researchers narrowed down to four specific biomarkers linked to a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Of the four biomarkers — albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, citrate, and the size of low-density lipoprotein particles — only one had previously been linked to a high risk for mortality (albumin).
The researchers even ruled out other known factors that contribute to life-threatening disease, including old age, obesity, tobacco and alcohol use, cholesterol levels, and pre-existing illnesses like diabetes and cancer. The association between the four biomarkers and impending death remained.
But, would you really want to take a blood test to determine imminent doom? It’s likely a simple blood test won’t delay a trip six-feet-under just yet, but biomarkers in our blood may help us take better preventative measures to help us live longer, healthier lives. Before we get too excited about stopping the clock, the researchers say there’s a lot more work to be done before we see any real benefit from a blood test like this one. (Mashable)
Advertisement

More from Trends

When Brad and Lin Mitchell's daughter arrived six weeks early, they spent a lot of time in the hospital with their newborn, Lillian. The couple truly ...
On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian rallied her 48 million Twitter followers toward a good cause — and boy, did they listen. In a series of tweets, Kardashian ...
Nearly a month after Selena Gomez announced she would be taking time off from work to focus on her ongoing battle with lupus, her friend Michael B. ...
In Status: Stressed, Refinery29 is teaming up with Secret, the expert in stress sweat, to have an honest, passionate conversation about the role of stress...
Earlier this year, it was reported that women are having kids later than ever — and now we may know why. According to research from the Fertility ...
With the ubiquity of the Dougie, the whip, and the New Jersey running man in popular culture, many have probably accepted these dances as mere trends. In...
One mom has a bone to pick with modern-day parenting, and it all has to do with vitamins. In a now-viral Facebook post, Bunmi Laditan lamented the ...
(Paid Content) In this age of label-aversion, hookup apps, and social-media flirtation (nothing says romance like a DM, right?), few would disagree that ...
Can you boost your self-esteem just by changing the way you stand? For years, a few scientists — most recognizably one by the name of Amy Cuddy, PhD (...
You probably already know that Donald Trump has a record of making sexist comments. But a new ad from Hillary Clinton's campaign powerfully highlights ...
When photographer Roger Kisby shot the Adult Video News Awards for the first time last year, he wasn't sure what to expect. Once there, he was drawn to the...
This article was originally published on April 8, 2016. Photographer Marcos Alberti's photo project, 3 Glasses Later, could be considered a probing ...
It was the breakup heard 'round the world: On Tuesday, we learned that Brangelina was officially no more. Then, as we were all recovering from the news, ...
Many of us can probably remember being told at some point during grade school that the pesky little boy who won't stop pulling on our pigtails or throwing ...