Have you ever wondered how long you’ll live? Well The Independent reported this week that a blood test can show how fast you are aging. Hit the jump to read more.


Ever feel like you’re 30 years old but your body is 65?

UK newspaper The Independent reported this weekon a blood test that claims it can show how fast you’re aging — information that could potentially predict how long you’ll live.

Sound more like science fiction than a science breakthrough? Well, here’s how it works. The test measures the length of a person’s telomeres — structures on the tips of chromosomes thatresearchers believe can indicate aging.

Age influences the length of telomeres since every time a cell divides, its telomeres are shortened. But genetics also influence telomere length. The test’s inventor, Maria Blasco of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre in Madrid, told The Independent: