Large-scale demographic surveys have recently begun incorporating biological measures, providing valuable information on health and mortality. However, these biodemographic studies have been limited in less developed regions like sub-Saharan Africa. In this study, we examine the relationship between biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, metabolic function, immune function and renal function and subsequent mortality in a population of adults in rural Malawi. We use data from the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH), a representative survey of adults in rural Malawi. The MLSFH collected biomarker information on approximately 900 participants in 2009; mortality follow-up is ongoing. This study will provide insight into the ability of biomarkers to predict mortality in an understudied population with a high burden of infectious disease, and relatively short life expectancy.
Presented in Session 34. Biodemography, Health, and Mortality