Do you look older for your age? .. You may be more susceptible to these diseases!
Researchers warn that if you look older than your actual age, it may be a sign that you are at greater risk of developing age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, hearing loss and cataracts.
Scientists in the Netherlands have estimated the age of about 2,700 people between the ages of 50 and 90 based on photos of their faces alone.
The results showed that participants who looked five years younger than their actual age had better reasoning abilities.
They were also a quarter less likely to suffer from medical problems such as cataracts.
In other words, if you look younger than your age, the health of your organ systems, body and mind is likely to be reflected in that, says lead author Professor Tamar Neusten, a dermatologist at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam.
The association between youthful appearance and various common age-related health problems has been specifically investigated, and youthful appearance has been found to be associated with lower rates of systemic aging.
Neusten added: “This is not a definitive study, but it is probably the best study that provides evidence that perceived age also reflects intrinsic aging. The study clearly shows that something is going on, probably on a biological level and beyond the usual lifestyle factors.” such as UV radiation.” purple or smoking.
The researchers collected front and side photographs of 2,679 people who were not wearing makeup or jewelry. The participants were on average 66 years old.
Then an independent panel of 27 people estimated their age based solely on their appearance.
Each volunteer was given a perceived age score, which was calculated by taking the difference between age and estimated age.
For example, someone who thinks they look seven years younger than their biological age will get seven points. The higher the score, the younger the person looks.
After assessing the age and counting the results, the experts reviewed their lifestyle and health data, such as weight, smoking habits, and health status.
The results, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, showed that groups who looked five years younger than their age performed better on cognitive tests.
The group was 15 percent less likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—a lung disease that makes breathing difficult—and 24 percent less likely to have osteoporosis.
Young people are also 16% less likely to develop cataracts and 24% less likely to develop age-related hearing loss.
The researchers said their findings, based solely on observational data, support the idea that doctors can use a person’s age as a “diagnostic guide.”
The study did not investigate the reasons for this finding.
But the team believes that the biological process that makes the face look older, such as fat loss and wrinkles, is also behind changes in tissue and bone density that are associated with health conditions.
The researchers note that the people included in the study were Europeans, so further research is needed to see if the results apply to different populations.
Source: Daily Mail