Looking older than your age doesn’t imply poor health: StudyNovember 6th, 2010 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 06 (ANI): A research has indicated that looking older does not necessarily point to poor health.
The research found that a person needed to look at least 10 years older than their actual age before assumptions about their health could be made.
“Few people are aware that when physicians describe their patients to other physicians, they often include an assessment of whether the patient looks older than his or her actual age,” said Dr. Stephen Hwang, a research scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.
“This long standing medical practice assumes that people who look older than their actual age are likely to be in poor health, but our study shows this isn’t always true.”
The study found that when a physician rated an individual as looking up to five years older than their actual age, it had little value in predicting whether or not the person was in poor health. However, when a physician thought that a person looked 10 or more years older than their actual age, 99 per cent of these individuals had very poor physical or mental health.
“Physicians have simply assumed that their quick assessment of how old a person looks has diagnostic value,” explains Hwang.
“We were really surprised to find that people have to look a decade older than their actual age before it’s a reliable sign that they’re in poor health. It was also very interesting to discover that many people who look their age are in poor health. Doctors need to remember that even if patients look their age, we shouldn’t assume that their health is fine.”
The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (ANI)
- Early wrinkles no sign of an early death - Nov 16, 2010
- Tai chi 'cuts depression in elderly people' - Mar 17, 2011
- ECG can also predict heart attacks - Apr 11, 2012
- Obese patients at higher risk from major complications after surgery - Apr 19, 2011
- Cataract surgery improves mood, sleep in Alzheimer's - Oct 26, 2011
- Four novel biomarkers that may help diagnose asthma, COPD identified - Mar 12, 2011
- Age no bar to quick decision making - Dec 28, 2011
- Low IQ scores linked to increased suicide attempts in men - Jun 04, 2010
- Keep smiling to look young - Nov 11, 2011
- Kids' temper tantrums could signal mental illness - Aug 31, 2012
- Uninsured patients more likely to die from trauma than insured ones - Jun 12, 2010
- Elderly people with clinical depression more prone to knee arthritis - Mar 17, 2011
- Severely obese teens 'no more likely to be depressed' - Apr 22, 2011
- Lack of medical advice kills heart attack patients' sex lives - May 22, 2010
- Regular booze 'harms those over 60 with health issues, prescription meds' - Apr 30, 2010
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,