In the landmark study by researchers from the National
Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark, more
than 11,000 Danes in the Copenhagen City Heart Study were looked at over
a nearly 30-year period.
The participants answered questions on
their eating, smoking and drinking habits, as well as undergoing medical
exams to measure signs of heart disease and ageing.
research, the team focused on four signs of ageing; earlobe creases,
grey rings or arcs around the corneas, yellow-orange plaques on the
eyelids and male pattern baldness, which as well as making a person look
older, have also been linked to increased risks of heart disease and
It was found that excessive drinking, which is
classed as more than 28 drinks a week for women, and smoking a pack of
cigarettes a day for more than 15 years were more likely to develop the
four physical signs of ageing.
Women had a 33 per cent higher
likelihood of having grey rings around the cornea compared to women who
drank fewer than seven drinks a week, and for men, the results were
The likeliness of developing earlobe creases and plaques
on the eyelids was also increased, though male pattern baldness was
“We wanted to study the signs of ageing because they seem to
have some kind of predictive value for how long your life is going to
be on average,” said senior author Janne Tolstrup.
interesting about the results is that we can see those signs with the
eye, for example, very fast, whereas for things like high blood pressure
or high cholesterol levels, we have to make advanced measurements to
The study has been published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.© Cover Media