If you knew you were going to develop a disease or condition that could kill you in five years, how would you handle it? Would you travel, spend time with family and try to die without regrets? Or would you spend those five years trying different treatment options and finding a cure?
Maybe you wouldn't even want to know. That is certainly an option many people would choose. Due to new medical research, you may be faced with that decision sooner than you think.
What the study found
This is startling news. A simple blood test can determine if you are at risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions within five years.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published a study about a biological marker that is strongly associated with mortality related to these health issues. This marker, Interleukin-6 (IL-6), predicted short-term mortality (within five years) and long-term (over five years).
This particular marker captured the researcher's attention. It turns out that the marker Interleukin-6 (IL-6) predicted short-term mortality (within five years) and long-term (over five years).
The study followed over 6,000 men and women, ages 45 to 69 years old, for nearly 17 years. Over the follow-up period, 181 people died from heart disease and 347 people died from cancer. The study compared biomarkers, 1-acid glycoprotein (AGP), C-reactive protein (CRP), and Interleukin-6 (IL-6) to see which one predicted mortality most accurately.
A previous study showed that AGP was the best indicator and this test was meant to challenge those findings. But it failed. AGP did not successfully predict mortality beyond five years into the future. Throughout the entire 17-year follow-up period, CRP was more accurate for predicting death due to cardiovascular problems and IL-6 was more accurate for both cancer and heart disease.
Soon, you could ask your medical professional for a similar blood test. Isn't science and technology fascinating?
The only question is, would you want to know if you had less than five years left to live?