Researchers have developed a blood test which could predict your chance of dying in the next 10 years.
Scientists in Germany uncovered 14 biomarkers in blood that appear to affect the risk of death, after analysing 44,000 people.
The biomarkers are associated with everything from immunity and glucose control to circulating fat and inflammation.
A trial of the biomarkers found they were 83 per cent accurate at predicting whether someone would die in the following two to 16 years.
The scientists hope the results could lead to a blood test may one day be used to guide a patient’s treatment, such as assessing whether an elderly person is too frail for surgery.
Experts have called the study an ‘exciting step’ but stress much more research is required before a test can be used in ‘real life’.