Hair as a Predictor: Stress Hormone Levels Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Unraveling the Connection: How Hair Samples Shed Light on Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Stress Hormones
A stress hormone found in hair samples may help predict the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly in younger adults, according to researchers from The Netherlands. The study, presented at a conference, analyzed 6,341 hair samples over a period of 5 to 7 years and found that higher levels of the stress hormone cortisone were associated with a twofold increase in cardiovascular events such as strokes or heart attacks. However, the association was not as strong in individuals aged 57 and older. Lifestyle factors such as sleep, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction techniques were recommended to lower stress hormone levels.

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