Seeing This in the Mirror Ups Risk for Heart Disease

In general, I only address aspects of disease risks that are modifiable.  Sure, being female increases your risk of breast cancer, but short of a well skilled Swedish surgeon you’re pretty much stuck with this risk.  So why mention it.  Diet, exercise and stress levels, however, are completely in your control, so they are brought up incessantly.  This particular aspect, however, is not modifiable.

A diagonal ear crease (see image) in this study was strongly associated with heart disease, demonstrating greater extent, prevalence and severity of symptoms.  Wow!  Not really a good thing if you happen to glance in the mirror after reading this blog post and noticing that you fall into the diagonal ear crease crowd.

While you cannot change the crease, you CAN however, pay that much more attention to all the other aspects of your lifestyle to improve them and keep the odds in your favor.  Not that we shouldn’t all be doing this already, but a little extra motivation never hurt…

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.