Age and mobility predict death better than one’s ‘molecular clock’

When it comes to predicting death, more rudimentary measures — like a person’s age or ability to walk or climb stairs — are much more powerful predictors of survival than certain biomarkers. When comparing a broad set of survival indicators against telomere length — DNA sequences that shrink with age — the researchers found that using telomere length to predict mortality was only marginally better than a ‘coin toss.’ Age is, by far, the best predictor of death. —> Read More