Routine Blood Test Readings Help Indicate Higher Risk of Death

According to recent research, some readings from a routine blood test, used as markers of immune condition and inflammation, may indicate people that are at higher risk of disease and death associated with this disease.Routine Blood Test Readings Help Indicate Higher Risk of Death

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 31,178 participants that were collected from them within the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The analysis results showed that people with low levels of lymphocytes had a higher risk to die from heart disease, cancer, and respiratory conditions.

Study author Jarrod E. Dalton, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, says: “The complete blood count test is convenient, inexpensive, and — as our findings suggest —may be used to help physicians screen for and prevent disease and disease-related mortality.”

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