Signs of physical aging could be a foreshadow of heart trouble, a new study reveals. The study followed 10,000 people over 35 years and found that the presence of visible signs of aging, such as baldness at the crown of the head, receding hairline at the temples, gray hair, wrinkles, earlobe crease and fatty deposits around the eyelids, signaled an increased risk of heart attack and heart disease.
"The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age," said Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, senior author of the study and professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, in a statement released by the American Heart Association.
Apparently, the amount of gray hair and wrinkles subjects had didn't make a difference, but people who had at least three of the other four aging traits studied had a 57% increased risk for heart attack and a 39% increased risk for heart disease when other risk factors were taken into account.
"Individually and combined, these signs predicted heart attack and heart disease independent of traditional risk factors," said the statement continued. "Fatty deposits around the eye were the strongest individual predictor of both heart attack and heart disease."
The statement concluded: "Checking these visible aging signs should be a routine part of every doctor's physical examination."
by RTT Staff Writer
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