It’s 2016, and by this point, most of us know what puts us at risk for heart attacks and heart disease. On some level, genetics has a lot to do with it — but lifestyle can really change things as well. Weight, other health history, and whether or not you smoke can all contribute to your risk of getting coronary heart disease. But there’s one factor you may not have suspected, and it’s all about your ears. According to some studies, the amount of hairs you have in your ears might be an indicator of your future heart health. So why is this so? Some researchers and doctors have been trying to determine that for decades, and it’s explained in laymen’s terms below. Put down the tweezers and start educating yourself on this one. Understanding how your hair ears as they relate to your heart health could potentially save your life.According to a recent study, there is actually a connection between the hair in your ear canal and heart attacks.
Back in 1973, Dr. Sanders T. Frank and his team determined that a diagonal earlobe crease can indicate coronary artery disease. In 1984, another team of scientists proposed the same theory.
In 2006, Dr. Edston E. published a study in the American Journal of Forensic Medical Pathology. It stated that an earlobe crease was strongly tied to heart disease in men and women.
BMI, age, and family history also have plenty to do with it as well. The addition of the earlobe crease as a factor is just one of many indicators.
Plenty factors into this as well: Age, weight, and gender all come into play when it comes to ear hair. Who’d have thought?
Well, these same studies have shown that more testosterone = more hair all over the body, including the ears.
Men, who generally have more testosterone (and therefore more hair in their ears), are more prone to heart attacks than women. Again, it’s not the only factor, but it certainly is an interesting one.