A new study has found that patterns of biomarkers in people’s blood can be used to predict how well they age and their future risk factors for age-related diseases. The study was done by researchers at Boston University Medical Center and published in the journal Aging Cell. Over 5000 people participated in the study which was funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Researchers found that half the participants had a pattern of 19 biomarkers, and a much smaller portion of people had unusual patterns associated with an increased risk of certain medical conditions and mortality eight years after the start of the study. Some of these patterns were associated with disease-free aging, disability-free aging with cardiovascular disease, and aging with dementia.