Facial Wrinkles Linked to Lung Diseases
British scientists have discovered that wrinkles are not only unsightly, they alse signal the dangerous lung disease risk.
Middle-aged smokers whose faces were heavily wrinkled were five
times as likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
than smokers whose faces were relatively smooth, the study found.
The authors speculated that both lung disease and wrinkling may be
linked by a common mechanism, and that facial wrinkling might indicate
susceptibility to the potentially deadly lung diseases, such as
emphysema and bronchitis, that block the airways and restrict oxygen
Some 13.5 million Americans suffer from chronic lung diseases,
and the World Health Organization predicts that the condition will
become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2020.
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for chronic lung diseases, and
dermatologist have long noted that smoking causes premature aging of
People with heavy wrinkles are five times more likely to have
chronic lung diseases than those without wrinkles. People with facial
wrinkling also had triple the risk of suffering from more severe
The authors theorized that smoking-linked changes in cells' collagen
and elastin may be important for the development of both lung disease