Skip to comments.New blood test can show how long you will live.
Posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:24 AM PDT by Red Badger
MENLO PARK, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- A blood test that measures the length of a person's telomeres -- a predictor of longevity -- may be available soon, U.S. and Spanish researchers say.
"Knowing whether our telomeres are a normal length or not for a given chronological age will give us an indication of our health status and of our physiological 'age' even before diseases appear," Maria A. Blasco, who heads the Telomeres and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center and who co-founded the company Life Length, told Scientific American.
Telomeres are caps on the ends of chromosomes protecting the ends from fraying. Many scientists view telomere length as a marker of biological aging, a "molecular" clock ticking off the cell's lifespan, as well as an indicator of health. Studies show distinct correlations between telomere length and lifestyle -- those who say they are the most stressed have shorter telomere lengths.
Telomere pioneer Calvin B. Harley, who co-founded Telome Health with Nobel laureate Elizabeth H. Blackburn, says telomere length may be the best single measure of integrated genetics, previous lifestyle and environmental exposures.
Those who have shorter telomere length may be able to improve diet, exercise and stress -- but some say people may be able to improve lifestyle with taking a telomere test, Nilesh J. Samani of the University of Leicester in England said.
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This should set up an interesting contest between people and their insurance companies....
The doc calls me and tells me he has the results.
I go see the doc, and he looks at me very surprised.
I say, "why the surprise doc???"
He says...."because according to your blood test, you died four years ago!!!"
Life insurance may become a bit more expensive...................
"No, never have."
"Do you drink?"
"Take drugs? Drive too fast? Eat rich foods? Screw around?"
"No, none of those things"
"Then what do you care?"
You're dead! No I'm Not! Yes you are!................
****This should set up an interesting contest between people and their insurance companies....****
If you thought people don’t like Obamacare now, wait till the government can read your tea leaves and base care on that.
Get life insurance asap, and make me the beneficiary.
I think just knowing your family history is pretty accurate too.
And they though palm readers were crazy.
Unless you get hit by a car, fall off a ledge, bump your knee, have a stroke, get hit by lightening, fall in the tub, get shot during a bank robbery......
So if it comes out short, I can stop this foolish exercise, diet, and start smoking and drinking again.
And screw the credit card bills. Come get all that crap back from me.
I think the headline, properly written, would have been more along the lines of “...how long you COULD live.”
After all, your telomere count has is noting to do with you from getting hit by a train or catching pneumonia.
Does that figure into getting hit by a car :)
Life is not a journey to the grave
With the intention of
Arriving safely in a pretty
And well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside,
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out,
And loudly proclaiming,
WOW !!!! What a ride!
Okay, well all the telomeres do say, is how “original” your blood cells are, or how many replications, or generations they are from the original embryonic cells you originated from at conception. Supposedly this tells how advanced your aging is. This test means nothing if you suddenly get a benign tumor detected, end up in a serious automobile accident, or other events that can occur aside from your natural aging.
Down in Mexico, the marijuana dealers can tell by your blood how long you’ll live. When the blood quits pumping out of the top of your neck where your head used to be, you can pretty much be sure you’re dead. Marijuana use in the US has never hurt anyone.
I actually wouldn’t want to know. This is.morally wrong.
I don’t want to now either. Why spoil the surprise?
We could go on the "blue collar comedy tour" with this stuff!!
Too late....I'm told I'm "uninsurable".
Guess I'm gonna have to wait for stain-ocare to kick in.
What? This test knows if you are going to get run over by a bus?
By what right? By what code? By what standard?
I would rather be surprised.
You’re right, definitely not if people could grow their own or buy it legally.
Wonder what weird, pricelessly rare substance they will grind up for the quack medicine? Rhino horns and Tiger testacles are obsolete now...
“The Appointment in Samarra”
(as retold by W. Somerset Maugham )
The speaker is Death
There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture, now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threating getsture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
Am I the only one thinking of the Viking “Web of Wyrd” woven at your birth?
The skein of your life is measured, finite and predetermined.
The US users of Mexican derived drugs including marijuana may very well indeed have blood on their hands, or in their lungs, or up their noses. People have died so some US druggies can get their fixes...
And God will hold us accountable for it!
My wife’s family had a friend like that...he raided his business for all the cash he could and lived a great life. Just as he was finally being forced to deal with the tax consequences, he died of a massive heart attack.
I want one of those tests before I file my next ITR.
“Am I the only one thinking of the Viking Web of Wyrd?”
Um... yes, you are the only one thinking that. But now that you mentioned it, it is very interesting (as soon as I look it up). LOL
Robert Heinlein published a short story, “Life Line”, in 1939 in which such a ‘test’ was introduced by a Dr. Pinero.
Complications ensue ...
I believe it was his first ever published story.
Logan’s Run may become a reality................
The Russian writer Lermontov told a similar story.
“If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy and nuts, what a merry Christmas we all would have.” They’re cutting people’s heads off in Mexico so they can sell marijuana in the US. There’s blood on those joints.
There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with guaranteeing such a profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is supported by neither statute or common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.
Thank you again.
LOL!!..wait until the Feds start “pro-rating” your SS “benefit” based on your telomere length!!
In this case, ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’, could be candy and nuts...if it was legislated that way.
Then it would be a Merry Christmas...except for those that don’t want other people to have candy and nuts. For their own good, of course.
So, you think that God will be cross with those who choose to use/possess/grow a plant HE gave us will be in trouble, not the control freaks who try to deny its use to others?
Those people who have died because of the drug war aren't dead because of the plant, they're dead because folks like YOU think that the rights of the user are less than the rights of the drug warrior. The drug warriors created the entire mess of the cartels, and fail to recognize their complete and total guilt for trying to force THEIR choice on others by dint of government.
The last time prohibition was tried, we got the mafia, Al Capone, and the strengthening of organized crime. Now the mobsters are brown rather than white or Jewish, but the attitude of the drug-warrior side is exactly the same. Think Eliot Ness, but with ninja costumes and assault vehicles.
Yes, many die from internecine warfare of the cartels, but a LOT of the victims are killed by law enforcement agents in the good old U-S of A.
A perfect example of that is the former MARINE murdered in his own home by a SWAT team for the crime of living in a neighbourhood that some dealers once lived.
The very definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.
Trying to blame others for one's own attitudes and actions is called projection.
Yes, God will hold us ALL to account. I'm grateful I have been drenched in the blood of The Lamb.Something to keep in mind.