Mortality risk factors change in over-70s men

Traditional risk factors for predicting mortality risk including hypertension, dyslipidaemia and diabetes lose their significance in older men, Australian researchers say.

For men aged over 70, risk of death was instead more accurately predicted by a myriad of risk factors including being underweight, high white cell count, anaemia and hypoalbuminaemia, according to a study of 1700 elderly men.

Depression, disability and a history of cancer or MI were also significant players in increasing mortality risk, the