Predicting Life Expectancy Using Your Blood!

A complete blood count risk score may be able to predict who is at highest risk of heart problems, and get this…how long they may have to live! Would you want to know this information, could you do something to change your health, and would this serve as the best form of motivation you can get!? The answer to this is highly subjective, and right now I’m on the fence.

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, worked with scientists at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to assess the efficacy of a tool that utilises previously underused information in a full blood test. The findings will serve to inform health care professionals enabling them to personalise medical care to improve patient outcomes.

The finer details of how this complete blood count will provide this information is yet to be fully disclosed, but the findings could significantly improve overall care, as well as help to filter out less urgent patients so that health care professionals can allocate their time more appropriately.

References

ScienceDaily, (2013). New Study Helps Predict Life Expectancy Using Complete Blood Count Risk Score. Retrieved 20th November, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131119100931.htm

 

 

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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