Nov 11, 2013

    Wrinkles linked to increased health risks


    WRINKLES not only make one look older, but they may also be a sign of increased health risks.

    Researchers have found that women who look younger than their years may have lower risks of heart disease and stroke, reported AFP Relaxnews.

    They also have a higher chance of outliving someone the same age but with more wrinkles, concluded the study by researchers from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and industry scientists from mulitnational company Unilever.

    The study saw 260 women separated into two groups based on high and low risk of heart disease. Scientists analysed facial appearance and wrinkles on their upper inner arm, which is less likely to show signs of premature ageing from the sun, compared to the face.

    "We found that the feature in the face that blood pressure was linked to was not skin wrinkles but likely what we term as the 'sag' in the face.

    "The exciting thing is that further investigations will enable exact pinpointing of the feature in the face that signposts an individual's blood pressure," said Dr David Gunn, a senior scientist at Unilever.