What Your Wrinkles May Say About Your Health

New study shows that wrinkles may be indicators of heart problems

It’s sad, but true; everyone gets old eventually. With age, often, comes wrinkles, and most people don’t care for them, especially when they first start to appear. Some dread the day they discover their first pair of crows feet.

But wrinkles may not only be a sign of age, as it turns out. It may tell you a little something about your health.

Research conducted by the American Heart Association conducted over a 35-year period examined 10,885 patients over the age of 40 for various signs of aging, such as receding hairline, yellow fatty deposits around the eyes, earlobe creases, and baldness. Of that initial number, 3,400 had developed heart disease, and 1,700 had experienced a heart attack.

The results of the study suggest that these signs of aging may prove to be indicative of heart problems, especially the fatty eye deposits. It makes sense; visible signs of aging are indicators of your body’s biological age. Some people wrinkle faster than others, and the causes of these signs of aging may have a biological connection with the less-visible signs of aging.

That said, this is an issue of correlation, not causation. Wrinkles aren’t the cause of heart disease, but may simply be a warning sign, and treating wrinkles won’t cure any sort of underlying health issues. If you’re getting to that age when wrinkles are becoming more noticeable, it might be a good idea to book a health screening with your physician, just to be safe.

Speaking of booking time with a medical professional, a plastic surgeon can be brought onboard to help you with unwanted wrinkles. Botox and facelifts are among the more popular and tried-and-true treatments. Once you have your health in good standings, contact your plastic surgeon to set up a consultation.

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