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Rate of Aging May be Determined in the Womb and Linked to Birthweight, King's College London Study



7/9/2013 11:14:59 AM

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Scientists have found that key metabolites in blood -- chemical 'fingerprints' left behind as a result of early molecular changes before birth or in infancy -- could provide clues to a person's long-term overall health and rate of aging in later life. Published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the international study of twins led by King's College London highlights how a technique called metabolomic profiling has revealed a collection of 22 metabolites linked to aging. One of these, linked to aging traits such as lung function and bone mineral density, is also strongly associated with birthweight -- a well-known developmental determinant of healthy aging.

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