One thing we all know for certain is that we will grow old. And as we do, some signs begin to appear that tell everyone that we’re not as young as we once were.
Some scientists have studied these signs in order to help us prevent health issues such as cardiovascular diseases.
Have you ever considered that there might be a correlation between those deep wrinkles in your forehead and a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease?
A recent study published in 2018 suggests that people who develop deep forehead wrinkles are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.
Research conducted of 3,200 healthy adults aimed at comparing the horizontal wrinkles that appear on our foreheads and their depth to heart problems.
Participants were tested and graded according to the depth of their wrinkles. The study followed these people for 20 years and found that 233 of them died of various causes.
After analyzing these different causes, the scientists settled that people with deeper wrinkles were more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.
Those participants who had had a higher grade were ten times more likely to develop heart problems in comparison to a person who had a low grade.
Researchers still don’t know the reason for such correlation. One of the likely reasons has to do with atherosclerosis (the stiffening of the arteries in our body due to the accumulation of plaques.)
The change in collagen proteins compounds and oxidative stress seems to work both for atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems which contributes to the risk of heart attacks, as well as for wrinkles.
Because of this, the blood vessels in our forehead are so small that they may be more susceptible to plaque buildup. Thus, these wrinkles could be the first tell-tell signs that your blood vessels are in trouble.
But before you start bothering about wrinkles on your forehead, it’s necessary to consider that these marks can also arise for several other reasons.
Frowning for example, or reading in dimly lit environments, may also cause wrinkles on your forehead.
Although wrinkles are not necessarily the best method for assessing cardiovascular risk, it can be an essential factor for bringing our attention to the state of our health.
It is important to mention that these findings are still in their infancy, and there is still much to be researched.
However, it’s worth thinking about it, don’t you think?