How long will you live? Blood test may hold key, researchers say

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How long will you live? Blood test may hold key, researchers say

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From among a group of 70 Swedish men, the researchers were able to predict who was aging well and who was aging rapidly and would die within a few years.

Scientists in London believe they have come up with a blood test that can determine how well you are aging – and how long you will live.

The King’s College researchers told BBC News they can look at “aging signatures” in your body’s cells to also predict a decline in cognitive thinking.

From among a group of 70 Swedish men, the researchers were able to predict who was aging well and who was aging rapidly and would die within a few years.

“You could actually pick out people who had almost no chance of being dead, and you have people who had an almost 45 percent chance of being dead,” one researcher, Jamie Timmons, told BBC News.

The test may be used to determine a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and whether donated organs have a “youthfulness” that will benefit recipients.

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