Ear Lobe Creases? Look Out!

A study of 11,000 Danish subjects revealed that those who looked old (i.e., those with receding hairlines, bald heads, creases near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids) had a greater chance of developing heart disease than younger looking people who are the same age.

A small consolation: wrinkles elsewhere on the face and gray hair seemed just ordinary consequences of aging and did not correlate with heart risks.

The research began in 1976. At the start, researchers documented people’s appearance, counting crow’s feet, wrinkles and other signs of age.  In the next 35 years, 3,400 participants developed heart disease (clogged arteries) and 1,700 suffered a heart attack.

Those with three to four of these aging signs — receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the crown of the head, earlobe creases or yellowish fatty deposits around the eyelids — had a 57% greater risk for heart attack and a 39% greater risk for heart disease compared to people with none of these signs.

Having yellowish eyelid bumps, which could be signs of cholesterol buildup, conferred the most risk, researchers found. Baldness in men has been tied to heart risk before, possibly related to testosterone levels. They could only guess why earlobe creases might raise risk.

Your health matters!  The “clues” above are just that – clues.  We Suddenly Solos can improve our odds by eating healthy and exercising regularly. An active lifestyle is part of the Suddenly Solo philosophy and we want you to be part of our group for many more years, okay?


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