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Party animals, take note: Smoking and drinking heavily may age you faster

Men and women who drank 28 or more drinks were more likely to develop physical signs of ageing as compared to others, while smoking one pack of 20 cigarettes daily was associated with a 41% heightened risk among women and a 12% heightened risk among men.

fitness Updated: Nov 17, 2017 13:48 IST
Press Trust of India
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People who indulge in heavy drinking and smoking may have visible signs of physical ageing, and look older than they are.(Shutterstock)

People who indulge in heavy drinking and smoking may have visible signs of physical ageing, and look older than they are, a study warns. The findings are based on a study that followed more than 11,500 adults since 1976. Men and women who drank 28 or more drinks were more likely to develop physical signs of ageing as compared to others. Previous studies have shown that people can live seven years longer if they avoid smoking, drinking and being overweight.

Similarly, smoking one pack of 20 cigarettes daily was associated with a 41% heightened risk among women and a 12% heightened risk among men. In the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, participants were quizzed about their lifestyle and general health and asked to state how much they drank and smoked.

The Danish people were checked for four signs of ageing that have previously been linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular ill health and/or death. The four signs were: earlobe creases, a grayish opaque coloured ring, yellow-orange plaques on the eyelids, and male pattern baldness (receding hairline or a bald patch on the top of the head). Arcs cornea was the most common sign of ageing among both sexes, with a prevalence of 60% among men over 70 and among women over 80.

The least common sign was xanthelasmata, with a prevalence of five per cent among men and women over 50. A receding hairline was common among men, with 80% of those over the age of 40 affected.

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First Published: Nov 17, 2017 13:48 IST