A revolutionary new blood test could tell you how long you will live, and how quickly you will age.
Scientists have discovered a chemical ‘fingerprint’ in the blood that may provide clues to an infant’s health and rate of ageing near the end of life.
The discovery raises the prospect of a simple test at birth that could help doctors stave off the ravages of disease in old age.
It could lead to the development of powerful new treatments for age related conditions such as bone problems and heart disease.
Scientists identified 22 metabolites, small molecules linked to metabolism, that may be useful indicators of how we can expect to grow old.
One in particular, linked to a range of traits including lung function, bone density, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, was singled out by the researchers.