Eyes, hairlines, and hearts

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // Aging, Health


November 6  



If you "look old," and have signs of aging such as a receding hairline – it may be linked to your heart's health!



If you look old, your heart may feel old, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

In a new study, those who had three to four aging signs — receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the head’s crown, earlobe crease, or yellow fatty deposits around the eyelid (xanthelasmata) — had a 57 percent increased risk for heart attack External link and a 39 percent increased risk for heart disease External link.

“The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age,” said Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, M.D., the study’s senior author and professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

I admit, I went and looked in a mirror after reading the article…phew – no receding or other of the signs….

Not to scare anyone – but take a look in the mirror and discuss any of these signs with your physician!

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.