Scientists discover breakthrough blood test that could 'predict how long people will live'

By James Draper, Mail Online

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They believe biomarker patterns in the blood will help predict a person's probability of developing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Photo / 123rf
They believe biomarker patterns in the blood will help predict a person's probability of developing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Photo / 123rf

It may sound like the premise of a science fiction film.

But, believe it or not, scientists at Boston University claim to have discovered a game-changing blood test that could help predict lifespans.

- Originally published by Daily Mail

The study, published in the journal Aging Cell on Friday, used biomarker data collected from 5,000 blood samples and analysed it against the donors' health developments over the subsequent eight years.

Scientists discover breakthrough blood test that could 'predict how long people will live'

Together, they identified patterns which indicated both good and bad futures.

Specifically, their chances of getting age-related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

In all, the researchers generated 26 different predictive biomarker signatures.

The breakthrough means patients will be able to identify realistic health risks early on - and, crucially, modify behaviour to change the outcome.

Lead authors Professors Dr Paola Sebastiani and Dr Thomas Perls said: 'These signatures depict differences in how people age, and they show promise in predicting healthy ageing, changes in cognitive and physical function, survival and age-related diseases like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

They believe biomarker patterns in the blood will help predict a person's probability of developing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Photo / 123rf
They believe biomarker patterns in the blood will help predict a person's probability of developing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Photo / 123rf

'It sets the stage for a molecular-based definition of ageing that leverages information from multiple circulating biomarkers to generate signatures associated with different mortality and morbidity risk.'

They added: 'Many prediction and risk scores already exist for predicting specific diseases like heart disease.

'Here, though, we are taking another step by showing that particular patterns of groups of biomarkers can indicate how well a person is ageing and his or her risk for specific age-related syndromes and diseases.'

The researchers noted that more studies on larger groups of people are still needed to further confirm the results.

- Daily Mail

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