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In a new study published in PLOS Medicine shows that researchers from Finland and Estonia have identified four biomarkers that can help identify people(those seems to be healthy) at high risk of dying from any disease within five years. These biomarkers can be analyzed by a simple blood test, they called it as ‘Death Test’
The so called biomarkers are:
1. α-1-acid glycoprotein
3. Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)
4. Citrate -Of these albumin was the only one previously linked with mortality.
To identify these biomarkers, the researchers analyzed blood samples from more than 17,000 people living in Estonia and Finland, screening them for 106 different types of proteins. After a median follow-up period of five years, the researchers identified which study participants had died and compared their blood samples to those of the living.
They found that four biomarkers were all unusually high in the deceased patients, five years prior to their deaths. Additionally, the researchers created an index of the four chemicals, and individuals whose biomarker index was in the top 20 percent were 19 times more likely to die within the five years after the blood samples were taken.
The four proteins were associated with various types of mortality, including death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other nonvascular diseases, but they were even predictive of death in people considered healthy, as well.
According to the researchers, these four biomarkers may be indicators of deadly underlying conditions that may go unnoticed by many patients.
"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. More studies are, however, needed before these findings can be implemented in clinical practice," Johannes Kettunen a researcher said.
Yes, we are all waiting for the implementation of this test, to know if the grim reaper is chasing us down or not!