According to a recent UK study, people’s current stay of health can predict disability in 5 years’ time. The researchers studied various bloodstream biomarkers from 5.286 participants. Biomarkers are an objective measure of health and are linked to different diseases. They can tell a lot about what is going on in people’s bodies, even before symptoms of disease begin.
The study concluded that certain biomarkers are better predictors of disability than the others. These predictors of disability are biomarkers related to lung function, grip strength, obesity, anaemia, stress-related hormones and liver function. Of course, the markers such as blood pressure and cholesterol are important as well for monitoring health, but they were found to be less useful to predict disability in the near future.
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