Want Younger Skin? Focus On Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Doctor measuring blood pressure of a patient

Talk about an incentive to hit the gym and eat right. Recent research finds that women who have a low risk of cardiovascular disease also tend to look younger than their actual age. (So, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?)

This is the first time scientists have proven a link between low cardiovascular disease risk and a youthful appearance. And that’s a real win-win since lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease—which you can achieve by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and not smoking—not only takes a few years off your perceived age, but it also cuts your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

In the study, women in the group with the lowest cardiovascular disease risk were found to look more than two years younger than those in the other, higher risk groups.

Researchers found that the feature in the face that blood pressure was linked to was not skin wrinkles but sagging, which is a common aging issue that’s difficult to prevent and treat. Now we know that getting that blood pressure to a healthy rate will help you live longer and look better while doing it!

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