How blood markers and wealth predict future health problems


ISLAMABAD, December 30 (online): Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) discovered that wealth plays a crucial role in seeking preventive healthcare. However, this was a secondary find, as their primary focus was on the concept of biomarkers predicting the development of health problems and the need for future treatments.
It is quite common for studies to find that, if left unaddressed, chronic stress and negativity can lead to developing severe health problems. An unfortunate modern reality is that much of chronic stress has direct ties with socioeconomic inequalities.
Lead study author Dr. Apostolos Davillas from the UEA’s Norwich Medical School explains, “We [found] that people’s biological health is linked with future demand on healthcare services, such as GP and outpatient consultations, as well as time spent in the hospital.”
Before drawing their conclusions, the UEA team examined biomarkers for 5,286 people, who were the participants in academic research for “Understanding Society,” the UK Household Longitudinal Study.
Researchers examined multiple facets of health data, including liver and kidney function, resting heart rate, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and lung strength. The team also considered inflammation and how their bodies reacted to infections or chronic stress.
Ultimately, the study results revealed biological clues acting as indicators of future health problems.