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New Blood Test Could Predict How Long You Will Live

The idea of predicting your lifespan (and preventing some of the world’s leading causes of death) sounds impossible. But it actually could be in the cards (and not just in your tarot cards) thanks to a game-changing blood test.

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In what could be one of the most significant studies in modern medicine, scientists at Boston University have possibly uncovered a way to identify health risks and predict one’s lifespan through a simple blood test.

One Blood Test: Endless Potential

This one blood test has the potential to save millions of lives as people would be able to identify potential disease and receive treatment before it’s too late.

Scientists at Boston University published their findings in the journal Aging Cell, noting that they analysed over 5,000 blood samples against the donors’ health developments over the subsequent eight years.

A blood test to predict cancer

The scientists have been able to identify patterns in age-related diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes – three of the leading health concerns in Australia.

The researchers found 26 different predictive biomarker signatures and plan to undergo additional studies for more conclusive results.

Lead authors, Professors Dr Paola Sebasti and Dr Thomas Perls, explain that these 26 predictive signatures “depict differences in how people age. 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.”

And what does this mean in everyday non-fancy-doctoral language?

I’m so glad you asked.

Simply put, this blood test could determine how quickly you are aging and what conditions your body is at risk of getting. By knowing the risk of these diseases, doctors can perform treatments and/or patients can modify lifestyle factors to help change their health outcome.

While more studies are needed, we can only hope that the scientists are on to something here.

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Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.