The ‘death test’? Scientists say they can predict your risks


Biomarkers in a blood test can predict whether you are likely to die within five years, scientists report in PLOS Medicine.

“What is especially interesting is that these biomarkers reflect the risk for dying from very different types of diseases such as heart disease or cancer. They seem to be signs of a general frailty in the body,” says Dr. Johannes Kettunen of the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Finland.

When the researchers tracked thousands of healthy people for more than five years, 684 people died. Scientists discovered that they all had similar levels of four biomarkers.

“We believe that in the future these measures can be used to identify people who appear healthy but in fact have serious underlying illnesses and guide them to proper treatment,” Kettunen says.

Read more at The Telegraph.