A new research has indicated that looking old does not necessarily point to poor health. The research found that a person needed to look at least 10 years older than their actual age before assumptions about their health could be made. "Few people are aware that when physicians describe their patients to other physicians, they often include an assessment of whether the patient looks older than his or her actual age," said Dr. Stephen Hwang, a research scientist at St. Michael`s Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto. "This long standing medical practice assumes that people who look older than their actual age are likely to be in poor health, but our study shows this isn`t always true." The study found that when a physician rated an individual as looking up to five years older than their actual age, it had little value in predicting whether or not the person was in poor health. However, when a physician thought that a person looked 10 or more years older than their actual age, 99 per cent of these individuals had very poor physical or mental health.
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