Fibrinogen level predicts mortality.
Japanese researchers report that
the blood level of fibrinogen (blood coagulation factor) in elderly men predicts
their risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other
diseases. They found that men (between the ages of 71 and 93 years) in the
upper 20 per cent of fibrinogen levels had more than four times the risk of
dying in the first year of the study than did men in the lower 20 per cent
category. For each 0.64 g/L increase in fibrinogen their risk of premature
death from cardiovascular disease increased by 20 per cent and the risk of dying
from cancer by 30 per cent. Editor's Note: Regular fish oil
supplementation is quite effective in lowering fibrinogen levels.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, Vol. 21, June 2001, pp.