Priority Research Paper Volume 8, Issue 9 pp 1844—1865

DNA methylation-based measures of biological age: meta-analysis predicting time to death

Figure 3. Multivariate Cox regression meta-analysis adjusted for clinical covariates. A multivariate Cox regression model was used to relate the censored survival time (time to all-cause mortality) to A) the universal measure of age acceleration (AgeAccel), B) intrinsic epigenetic age acceleration (IEAA), C) extrinsic epigenetic age acceleration (EEAA). The multivariate Cox regression model included the following additional covariates: chronological age, body mass index (category), educational level (category), alcohol intake, smoking pack years, prior history of diabetes, prior history of cancer, hypertension status, recreational physical activity (category). The rows correspond to the different cohorts. Each row depicts the hazard ratio and a 95% confidence interval. The coefficient estimates from the respective studies were meta-analyzed using a fixed-effect model weighted by inverse variance (implemented in the metafor R package [34]). The sub-title of each plot reports the meta-analysis p-value and a heterogeneity test p-value (Cochran's Q-test).