Jul 11, 2013
By Jane Brown
Your long term health and rate of aging may be set before you’re born. New research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology suggests your fate is set when you’re in the womb. The study showed that 22 metabolites in the blood from before birth are linked to aging and could predict how susceptible a person is to having an age related disease later in life. The team of researchers looked at people between the ages of 18 and 85. They found the older participants tended to have higher concentrations of metabolites in their blood. Lead researcher Ana Valdes at King’s College London says it might be possible to look at these markers of aging with simple blood tests in the future. She says if someone had a high concentration of these metabolites and showed they may be at higher risk for high blood pressure, it would be possible for doctors to target treatment for that specific issue.