A new blood test developed by Stanford University can detect how quickly internal organs are aging. The test monitors the brain, heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, intestines, pancreas, arteries, immune tissue, muscle, and fat and can tell patients which organs are aging faster than others. The results provide an opportunity for patients to intervene and find solutions if they have an organ heading towards failure. The blood test has already been used on thousands of adults middle-aged or older. Findings show that 1-2% of people have organs that test older than their biological age, meaning that they are at heightened risk of developing disease in that organ in the next 15 years. The novel test is a big step in helping improve early detection of age-related diseases, and researchers are pushing for it to become more widely available.
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