Have you ever wondered how much can only a strand of hair help you? Your hair might actually have a bigger role in your life than you though it did. Researchers from The Netherlands, Laura Manenschijn and Elisabeth van Rossum recently decided to conduct a specific study based on thorough analysis of the human hair that might show whether there is a linkage between hair and anxiety.
It turns out that when the scientists did a couple of analysis, they found out that older people who are more stressed and anxious than their peers might develop a couple of different cardiovascular diseases in the future that can put their lives in danger. Cortisol is the stress hormone that makes you feel nervous and tensed, and just one accurate analysis of your hair can show whether you have a higher level of cortisol in your body.
This specific research based on the link between hair and stress was published on the 17th of April in a very popular medical journal called “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism”. In this journal, it was stated that older individuals who have higher levels of cortisol in their body are also having higher risks of developing an austere cardiovascular disease that can lead to serious health damage.
Manenschjin, one of the researchers who conducted this study, stated that if you are having levitated levels of this particular stress hormone, you might be risking your overall physical health. She also added that high levels of this hormone are just as dangerous as high blood pressure and obesity or other weight issues. The hair from your head can help doctors find out whether the levels of cortisol in your body are well balanced or not. This type of analysis is fast and efficient and can sometimes be a real life saver.
There were a lot of applicants that were a part of this interesting study. The scientists who worked on this research took samples from approximately 283 applicants who were around 65 to 85 years old. All the hair they gathered was thoroughly examined and after about 90 days, scientists and researchers came up with the final results.
They stated that people who have higher levels of this precise hormone can develop diseases of the cardiovascular system, heart strokes or diabetes much easier than their peers who have controlled levels of cortisol in their body. Rossum, co-author of this specific research, working at the Erasmus Medical Center, stated that this results are hundred percent accurate and should definitely not be taken for granted.
A couple of other observations and studies based on this particular subject should be developed in the future in order to find out whether your stress hormone level can forecast diseases of the heart that could happen in the future. This study only helped doctors and researchers explore the relation between cortisol and cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, it did not help them find out more about what is causing unbalanced level of this specific hormone.