Are You a Ticking Time Bomb?

4 Mar
Here’s something new and interesting…perhaps…
 
There’s A new screening technology that can predict if you’re at high risk of dying… in five years — even if you appear perfectly healthy….and I used to think that appearing perfectly healthy counted for something but…

 

According to Finland’s Institute for Molecular Medicine researchers have discovered that certain biological markers are strong indicators of dying from any disease in the near future. Scientists screened blood samples from over 17 000 healthy people for more than 100 different bio-molecules. Then after following the volunteers for several years while looking for measures in the blood that could reflect who had died within the following five years, they were able to identify four biomarkers of death!
 

 

The researchers say that the bio-markers helped to detect individuals who were at a much higher risk of dying during the five-year follow-up and the results did not change even when only apparently healthy persons were examined. Now it is hoped that in the future these measures could be used to identify people who appear healthy, but in fact have serious underlying illnesses and guide them to proper treatment.

 

So the question is: If you felt perfectly fine and healthy would you want to take a test to find out if you had only 5 years to live? Talk about test anxiety! Would you want to know? Would you believe it if they told you or would the simple fact of knowing that your time might be running out (only 5 years!) make your time run out faster? And how would you know if the test was really accurate… or if perhaps your doctor (in an effort to drum up business)… ( would doctors do that?) was making it all up just so he could have another patient and sell you some medicine. I mean after all, you feel great!?

It reminds me of the joke where the man answers his phone and his doctor is calling. “I have bad news and terrible news”, says the doctor. “What?” says the man. “Well, Give me the bad news first I guess”. “Your recent tests revealed that you have 24 hours to live!” says the doctor. “24 hours to live???” replies the man…then what’s the terrible news?” To which the doctor replies, “I’ve been trying to reach you all day!”

Technology is improving in leaps and bounds so hold onto your seats ladies and gentlemen. From hear on in…It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

8 Responses to “Are You a Ticking Time Bomb?”

  1. melissa9520 March 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Thats kinda scary..

  2. Harold Knight March 5, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    “There is a season, turn, turn, turn . . .”

  3. avwalters March 5, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Well, we could use more information. Did the biomarkers reveal underlying conditions that could be treated to avoid death? If not, there’s still two ways to look at it–maybe knowing would be depressing–even accelerating the process. On the other hand, if you knew, you might take advantage of the time to live more fully. (Or you might decide not to save for retirement and spend your money while you can.)

  4. momshieb March 5, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Actually, I think they should give everyone on earth the test, and pretend we’re all positive. Maybe then we can stop fighting over mindless crap and start trying to enjoy the time we have here.

  5. The Crazy Crone March 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I’ve got to 66 which, given what I see some days, seems to me to be a miracle. I take no notice of things like how long you’re going to live – life is meant to be lived to the hilt, not stuck in safety in the hope of old age. You can have all the markers in the world and get run over by a bus tomorrow. Life is about quality not quantity.

  6. tucsonmike March 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Reblogged this on I am an Author, I Must Auth.

  7. brucethomasw March 8, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    This is exactly the problem with so many of the tests for cancer, especially the false negative factor. I’m not saying, don’t take care of yourself and don’t see a doctor when you really need to. It’s just that testing has turned into an industry, with lots of money to be made by that industry. And of course they’re going to want to use these different machines, not necessarily for your health or peace of mind. Buyer beware goes for medicine too.The best thing we can do is preventative medicine, and smile as we’re able. And especially, as a monk once told me – breath, man.

  8. womanseyeview March 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Another reason to live life as if each day is your last!

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