According to research, people who have lots of deep forehead wrinkles, more than is typical for their age, may have a higher risk of dying of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Wrinkles just an inevitable consequence of aging. Assessing brow wrinkles could be an easy, low-cost way to identify people in a high-risk category for CVD.
They feel risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension. They 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 advise lowering risk.
That advice could include straightforward lifestyle changes like getting more exercise or eating healthier food. Of course, if you have a person with potential cardiovascular risk, you have to check classical risk factors like blood pressure as well as lipid and blood glucose levels, but you could already share some recommendations on lifestyle factors.
Risk Of Heart Disease
Risk of heart disease increases as people age, but lifestyle and medical interventions can mitigate the danger. The challenge is in identifying high-risk patients early enough to make a difference.
According to the study authors, previous research has analyzed different visible signs of aging to see if they can presage cardiovascular disease. In prior studies, crow's feet showed no relationship with cardiovascular risk, but these tiny wrinkles near the eyes are a consequence not just of age but also of facial movement.
Numerous Deep Wrinkles
Participants, who were all healthy and were aged 32, 42, 52 and 62 at the beginning of the study, were examined by physicians who assigned scores depending on the number and depth of wrinkles on their foreheads. A score of zero meant no wrinkles while a score of three meant "numerous deep wrinkles."
The study participants were followed for 20 years, during which time 233 died of various causes. Of these, 15.2% had score two and three wrinkles. 6.6% had score one wrinkles, and 2.1% had no wrinkles.
The authors found that people with wrinkle score of one had a slightly higher risk of dying of cardiovascular disease than people with no wrinkles. Those who had wrinkle scores of two and three had almost ten times the risk of dying compared with people who had wrinkle scores of zero, after adjustments for age, gender, education, smoking status, blood pressure, heart rate, diabetes and lipid levels.
The higher your wrinkle score, the more your cardiovascular mortality risk increases. Furrows in your brow are not a better method of evaluating cardiovascular risk than existing methods, such as blood pressure and lipid profiles, but they could raise a red flag earlier, at a simple glance.
Forehead wrinkles may be a marker of atherosclerosis. This is the first time a link has been established between cardiovascular risk and forehead wrinkles, so the findings do need to be confirmed in future studies, but the practice could be used now in physicians' offices and clinics. It doesn't cost anything, and there is no risk.