Test Could Predict 5-Year Mortality Risk
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Four biomarkers may predict an individual's risk of all-cause mortality in the next five years, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine. In this prospective cohort study, more than 100 biomarkers from the blood of over 17,000 Estonians, ages 18–103, were analyzed. After a 5-year follow-up, high levels of four biomarkers predicted a short-term risk of death from all causes (albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, citrate and very low-density lipoprotein particles). This observation points to some potentially valuable areas of research to understand precisely what's contributing to the increased risk. Additional research is necessary to assess if biomarker testing would provide any sort of clinical benefit, as the biomarkers do not identify underlying causes of poor health.
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