Blood Test to Predict Ill-Health in Future

Blood Test to Predict Ill-Health in FutureBlood Test to Predict Ill-Health in Future

A simple blood test that can tell how well a person is likely to age is on the horizon after scientists cracked blood ‘signature’ patterns which predict ill health. The breakthrough means doctors will be able to assess the likelihood of dementia, cardiovascular disease and a range of other conditions years before patients show any symptoms, CTV News reported. Researchers at Boston University learnt to recognize combinations of specific ‘biomarkers’ found in the blood, of 5,000 people in a study. They then matched these to the participants’ health outcomes over a period of eight years. They found specific patterns associated with disease and disability-free aging, as well as patterns associated with the threat of several diseases. The new approach promises to give people the chance to begin preventive treatment to stave off diseases flagged up as a risk by their blood composition.

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