Some people may cringe at the sight of facial wrinkles, but as we age, wrinkles are impossible to avoid. While the beauty industry has developed countless efforts and initiatives such as surgeries and Botox to avoid crow’s feet and other expression lines, the shocking truth is that common facial wrinkles like forehead lines can tell you more about your body than you might believe. Here are seven things wrinkles may be trying to tell you about the state of your health.
7. You May Be at Greater Risk of Heart Disease
Forehead wrinkles are incredibly common, but you might want to take a closer look at your current health status, as deep forehead wrinkles can be an early indicator of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart disease, according to a study. In the study, scientists followed more than 3,000 adults aged 32 to 64 for 20 years and found that those with deep forehead wrinkles were ten times more likely to die from heart disease than those without wrinkles. The underlying connection is that both forehead wrinkles and atherosclerosis are associated with stress, according to a statement from researchers in Medical News Today. Scientists also noted that blood vessels found in the forehead are finer than in other areas of the body, so they reflect the build-up of plaque that leads to atherosclerosis in the arteries.
6. You Might Have High Blood Pressure
According to a 2013 study, women who look younger than their actual age tend to have less facial sagging and lower blood pressure. This is due to a combination of two things: younger looking women have a healthier vascular system, and they protect their skin, said Omer Ibrahim, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist from Chicago and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. “What I’ve seen in my practice is that people who take good care of their skin tend to nurture their bodies as well,” Ibrahim said.