Determinants of Mortality at Older Ages: The Role of Biological Markers of Chronic Disease
Researchers have had a longstanding interest in understanding the determinants of mortality. This article examines the impact of a broad array of biological markers, together with self-reports of physical and mental health status, on the probability of dying for older adults. The estimates are derived from logistic regression models based on data from a national survey in Taiwan. The analysis confirms previous studies demonstrating the effects of clinical measures related to metabolic syndrome on mortality and identifies detrimental effects of neuroendocrine and immune-system markers. The results reveal that biomarkers provide independent explanatory power in the presence of self-reported health measures. The associations between biomarkers and mortality found here provide new avenues for projecting future mortality and elucidating differences in longevity across populations.
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Research Associate, Office of Population Research and Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University, and Cedeplar, Federal University of Minas Gerais
Professor of Demography and Public Affairs, Office of Population Research, Princeton University
Assistant Professor, Center on Aging and Health and Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Research Demographer, Department of Demography, University of California, Berkeley
Section Chief, Population and Health Research Center, Bureau of Health Promotion, Department of Health, Taiwan
Distinguished Professor of Population and Health, Center for Population and Health, Georgetown University.
Publication date: December 1, 2005