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A simple blood test could predict if a person is likely to die in the near future – even if they are not ill.

Recently researchers said they were astonished to discover the “death test” which predicts the chance of a healthy person dying from a medical condition within five years. They found the levels of four “biomarkers” indicated a general level of frailty, and people whose biomarkers were out of kilter were five times more likely to die within five years of the test.

“What is especially interesting is that these biomarkers reflect the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer. They seem to be signs of frailty in the body”, said Dr Johannes Kettunen of the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Finland. “In the future these measures can be used to identify people who appear healthy, but in fact have underlying illnesses, to guide them to proper treatment.”

A biomarker is a molecule found in blood, body fluids or tissues that signals an abnormal process, condition or disease. Blood samples from more than 17000 generally healthy people were screened for 100 biomarkers and those people monitored over five years.

In that time 684 died from illnesses, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. They all had similar levels of four biomarkers: albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, citrate, and a similar size of very low- density lipoprotein particles. One in five with the highest biomarker scores died within the first year of the study.

Professor Markus Perola said: “It was astonishing that these biomarkers appeared to predict mortality independent of disease.”

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