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3, 091 adults, 50–84 years of age
This study examined the association between leukocyte telomere length and mortality in US adults aged 50– 84. (n=3,091). A decrease of 1 kilobase pair in telomere length at baseline was marginally associated with a 10% increased hazard of all-cause mortality (HR: 1.1, 95% CI: 0.9, 1.4) and a 30% increased hazard of death due to diseases other than cardiovascular disease or cancer (HR: 1.3, 95% CI: 0.9, 1.9).