On Tuesday, researchers said not to count on the phrase, “Visibly aging, yet young at heart.”
A recent study followed over 10,000 people for more than 35 years and monitored visible aging signs. Those signs said researchers signaled an increase in risk for heart disease and heart attacks.
The research was conducted at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark by Dr. Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen a biochemist and her colleagues. They analyzed the data that had been collected from the participants in the study about heart disease and noting whether the subjects who had developed heart disease also had any one or more of six different aging signs.
Signs of people aging included: a receding hairline close to the temples, balding near the crown of the head, graying hair, wrinkles, creases in the earlobes and fatty deposits over the eyelids.
The quantity of wrinkles and gray hair the participants had did make an overall difference, but those who had a minimum of three of the other four traits of aging were at an increased risk of heart attack by 57% and of heart disease by 39%, when taking into account other risk factors.
The American Heart Association issued a statement that said the researchers had reported that the risks of heart disease and heart attack increased with each addition trait of aging in both sexes and across every age group. The highest risk was for people who were in their 70s.
In the statement by the AHA, Dr. Tybjaerg-Hansen, the study leader said the group’s findings suggested a each doctor’s examination should include looking for the visible aging signs.