Have you ever wondered how you will grow old? A team of scientists from Stanford University is studying a blood test that has as its goal the understanding of how we will grow old.
According to Tony Wyss-Coray, senior author of this study (a paper was published in the journal Nature Medicine on 5 December), long-term monitoring of certain proteins in the blood allows us to have information on a person’s health (for example the lipoporteins for cardiovascular health), then monitoring the change, with advancing age, of some protein levels, we could understand how we are getting older.
The findings in this regard seem to indicate that the pace of aging is not constant and presents three distinct waves, at 34, 60, and 78 years.
Also according to Wyss-Coray when proteins undergo in their relative levels substantial changes means that you are also changing, and consequently your body is changing. A blood test for these proteins could identify how fast one is getting older and understand how much risk one runs of age-related diseases. However, the study is still in the testing phase and it will take a long time before it can succeed in clinical use.
No one can predict the future, but if you want to learn more, we recommend this article on WebMD.