Getting old before your time may be detrimental to more than your social life. Researchers have found a direct link between heart health and early aging after studying over 11,000 Danish people. The group began the study during 1976 and compared the differences between chronological age and biological age to conclude that wrinkles, hair loss, crow's feet, and other markers of aging correlated with heart risks.
Dr. Anne Tybhaerg-Hansen from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark offered details of this study on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at a conference for the American Heart Association in Los Angeles, California. The 35 year study found that aging factors, like baldness at the crown of the head, a receding hairline at the temples, earlobe creases, or yellow colored fatty deposits on the eyelids greatly influenced a person's risk of a heart attack. Of the 11,000 people involved in the study, people who had at least three or four of these aging factors, 3,400 developed heart disease and 1,700 suffered a heart attack. The risks of each of these health issues increased when multiple signs of aging.
The study factored in other influences, like age, gender, and family history, and found risk for heart attacks increased by 57% percent and risk for heart disease increased by 39% with every sign of aging present at the beginning of the study.
It appears a mirror may be more helpful in predicting the face of future health.