A strong urge to prevent the formation of wrinkles prevails because wrinkles are not just mere signs of premature aging. As a matter of fact, wrinkles can be also seen as conspicuous clues for certain health conditions. We all fancy a clear and wrinkle-free skin for cosmetic reasons; however, the truth is, we need to also know what other health concerns are these wrinkles trying to reveal to us.
With the objective to know more about our overall health and well-being, we must look deep down into our wrinkles. Perhaps, these wrinkles have a lot to tell and we aren’t just listening. This article, unlike other wrinkle based articles, does not deal with outwardly health discomforts caused due to wrinkles. On the contrary, in this article, you will gain a whole new perspective on your inner health which you will see from acute lenses of wrinkles. Read further to know what your wrinkles are trying to tell you!
1. Increased risk for heart diseases
You might wonder what wrinkles have in common with cardiac disorders. Studies have shown a strong correlation between coronary artery diseases and a diagonal crease down the earlobes. As per a distinguished author of this study, Dr. Haim Shmilovich, as per this study, a test accuracy of 67% is found. In other words, if you have this crease down your earlobes, you stand a 67% chance of having coronary artery disease. This particular study confirmed that the heart muscle and the ear lobe are supplied by the same genetically originated material and the ear crease is nothing else but a skin atrophy caused by vascular disease.
2. Increased risk of osteoporosis
According to a research study conducted by the Yale University in 2011, women in their late 40s and early 50s having the most and deepest wrinkles had the lowest bone density. The study further explains that bone and skin share common building blocks, which are a group of proteins aka collagens and the natural production of collagen starts to surge as we age. Therefore, it is advisable to get an appointment with a physician for a bone density check if you start noticing visible and deeper wrinkles on your face.
3. Increased risk of high blood pressure
There are many factors that play significant roles in putting men and women at higher risks of developing high blood pressure. And, unfortunately, there are very few ways to detect this life-threatening disease with naked eyes. Thankfully, your skin does speak in volumes of your health and a wrinkled skin may just inform you about your blood pressure levels. According to a 2013 study done at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, men and women coming from families with longevity were less likely to develop wrinkles on their upper arm as compared to other people belonging to the same age group. The study concluded that women who look younger than their actual biological age have low blood pressure. When we say younger, we mean women with a wrinkle-free skin.
4. Consumption of sugar is more
Let’s talk about sugar consumption. Not only is sugar an enemy of our waistlines, it also is unhelpful to our skin. When we increase our sugar consumption, a process called glycation becomes activated. It is a process by which sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins, thereby forming advanced glycation end products aka AGEs. If a Japanese study is to believed then AGEs cause collagen and elastin in skin to break down, resulting into wrinkles. Sugar does contribute towards wrinkles and other health problems.
Ideally, try eliminating consumption of sugar from your daily meals or at least limit your sugar intake to six teaspoons of sugar in a day if you are a woman and nine teaspoons a day if you are a man.
5. Increased risk for stress-related disorders
Stress-related disorders such as panic and anxiety disorders are more common than you think. Worrying undeniably gives you more wrinkles. Skin experts can often confidently say how stressful the person is just by looking at the lines on their face. Forehead wrinkles are usually a sign to look out for as when a person is anxious, one tends to furrow the brow, causing forehead wrinkles. Besides, when you are under stress, your body is constantly pumping out massive amounts of stress hormones known as cortisol, which degrades collagen levels in the skin. A downfall in collagen levels certainly leads to premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Since now you know that there are much deeper health concerns associated with wrinkles, it is time for you to take very good care of yourself. Don’t wait for the wrinkles to start popping up before you take any action. Remember, ‘prevention is always better than cure’. Take few precautions in order to keep these wrinkles and correlated health concerns at bay.
Learn to take good sleep. Staying up too late isn’t going to go great with your skin health and overall wellbeing. Shut down everything, and go to bed! In addition to sleeping well, you must also eat well. Eat foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Eat leafy vegetables and fruits for fetching long term benefits to your health.
Lastly, alter your lifestyle habits. Follow a disciplined skincare regime that yields positive results. Use only natural ingredients based creams, and avoid harsh chemical-based skin creams.
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