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Looking older may not signal poor health

A new study suggests looking older than one’s actual age may not signal poor health as widely believed.

Looking older may not signal poor health

// US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests looking older than one actually may be in age may not be an indicator that the person is in poor health as many assume. As reported by LiveScience.com, researchers found doctors who participated in the study were less likely to accurately assess the health statuses of patients who looked less than a decade older than they actually were, than they were for patients who looked a decade older and over.

Dr. Stephen Hwang, a research scientist at St. Michael's and an associate professor at the University of Toronto, is quoted in the report as saying of the findings in a statement, “Physicians have simply assumed that their quick assessment of how old a person looks has diagnostic value… We were really surprised to find that people have to look a decade older than their actual age before it's a reliable sign that they're in poor health.”

More information about the study may be found in the Nov. 5 publication of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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