We all know that wrinkles are an inevitable feature of the aging process, but it seems that we should be focusing on paying attention to them, instead of hiding them.
Latest research claim that deep forehead creases might mean bad news for heart health.
An unpublished study which involved over 3,200 participants was presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual conference in Munich, Germany.
Deep forehead wrinkles could mean a higher risk of heart disease
Researchers found out that more deep forehead wrinkles are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that everyone who has forehead wrinkles is 100% at risk. The feature is simply a hint that it’s best to check out other heart-related symptoms.
“You can’t see or feel risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension. We explored forehead wrinkles as a marker because it’s so simple and visual. Just looking at a person’s face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk,” said the study author Yolande Esquirol, Ph.D., in a press release.
“Of course, if you have a person with a potential cardiovascular risk, you have to check classical risk factors like blood pressure as well as lipid and blood glucose levels.”
The relationship between wrinkles and heart disease
So far, scientists believe that atherosclerosis might explain this strange association between wrinkles and heart disease.
This might be because the oxidative stress and changes in collagen protein pay a role in both of these features.
This is the very first time that such a connection has been made. Researchers say that future studies are required to fully confirm these findings, but until then, it’s recommended that we embrace our wrinkles as a free way to check on our health.
We can keep our heart as healthy as possible, by getting enough sleep at night (7 to 9 hours), exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, eating a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, veggies, and whole grains. It’s also important to avoid sources of saturated and trans fats, like red meat, fried food, and dairy products.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.