According to old people everywhere, no, looking old isn't a sign of heart trouble because literally everyone looks old when they're old and not everyone who is old has heart trouble.
According to a new study, though, the older you look, the worse shape your heart is in. The study, which began in 1976, followed 11,000 men and women for 35 years to find the connection between physical appearance and heart health.
So, what are the criteria of looking old? Wrinkles, gray hair, cholesterol deposits on the cornea. Here's what the researchers said:
“These are signs of physical aging, not necessarily biological aging."
So the four physical traits that are visible evidence of heart disease are: a receding hairline, baldness on top of the head, earlobe creases and yellow, fatty deposits around the eyelid. If you have three of these markers, you have a 57 percent increased risk for heart attack and a 39 percent increased risk for heart disease.
This isn't the same for women though, as they found that hair loss wasn't linked to anything. Men with receding hairlines, on the other hand, showed a 40 percent higher risk in men with hair loss than those without
The part that keeps us a little bit skeptical is that the researcher says her research gave no clear answers as to why the four physical traits were so closely associated with the risk of heart disease.
So can it be chalked up to coincidence? Perhaps!
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