Do YOU look old for your age? Researchers warn you might be more prone to ... trends now
If you look older than your school friends, it might be a reason to worry.
For researchers have now warned that it could be a sign you're more at risk of age-related illness such as osteoporosis, hearing loss and cataracts.
Academics in the Netherlands guessed the age of around 2,700 people aged 50 to 90, based only on pictures of their face, and grilled them on their medical ailments to try to tease out any trends.
Results revealed that participants who looked five years younger than their actual age had better thinking skills.
The study saw an independent panel of 27 people estimate the age of each participant based on pictures of their face. The images show faces based on merging of participants faces. Pictures of people aged 70, on average, were used for both images. But the group on the left was perceived to be 60, while the group on the right were thought to be 80
Look after your eyes
The eyes can be affected by age-related conditions.
Regular eye tests can spot these early, while not smoking, eating lots of fruit and vegetables and wearing sunglasses can keep them protected.
Boost health by eating a balanced diet that is low in saturated fat and packed with fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.
Limit alcohol to not exceed 14 units — six pints of beer or 10 small glasses of wine — per week and keep at least two days alcohol-free.
Regular exercise can lower the impact of illnesses such as osteoporosis, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Minimise the time spent sitting down for extended periods by taking regular walks.
They were also up to a quarter less likely to suffer from medical woes, such as cataracts.
'In other words, if you look younger than you are, then the health of your organ systems, body and mind are likely to reflect this,' according to lead author Professor Tamar Nijsten, a dermatologist at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam.
'We specifically investigated the link between looking young and various common age-associated health issues and found that youthful looks are linked with lower measures of systemic ageing.'