Determinants of mortality at older ages: The role of biological markers of chronic disease

Cassio M. Turra, Noreen Goldman, Christopher L. Seplaki, Dana A. Glei, Yu Hsuan Lin, Maxine Weinstein

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-698
Number of pages24
JournalPopulation and Development Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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