Looks matter: Women who look young for their age might live longer

Looks matter: Women who look young for their age might live longer

Dutch scientists have found women who look younger than their peers may have a longer life expectancy.

According to a report in MyPaper, this is because women with 'baby faces' tend to have lower blood pressure levels, reducing their risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Studies also show that the blood pressure affects the firmness of a woman's skin, rather than wrinkles.

Lead author Dr David Gunn, a senior scientist with Unilever, said: "We identified that blood pressure was driving the link between cardiovascular disease risk and perceived age.

"This finding gives rise to new ways to communicate the significant additional benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

"Not only this, but we also found that the feature in the face that blood pressure was linked to was not skin wrinkles but likely what we term as the "sag" in the face.

"The exciting thing is further investigations will enable exact pin-pointing of the feature in the face that signposts an individual's blood pressure.'

This is the first time scientists have found that the rate of skin aging is associated with life expectancy.


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