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Creased earlobe - click to enlarge As strange as it sounds, people with a crease or fold in their earlobe seem to be at greater risk of heart disease. A certain chiropractor I know picked up the information from mainstream medical literature many years ago, and has found it to be valid. Studies have been conducted since that time, apparently confirming the link between earlobe creases and heightened risk of heart attacks. However, these studies, and the anecdotal evidence provided by accounts such as this, are not necessarily welcomed or supported by all doctors. I suggest you plug such terms as 'creased earlobe' into a search engine to read the establishment's mistrust of the issue.
If you do have a crease in one or both earlobes, heed such consolations at your own risk. I have heard tell of several people who have died young. Of course, when dealing with health issues, exceptions and variables are inevitable. I would assume that not every creased earlobe signifies cardiovascular disease, and not all heart trouble will be preceded by such an external warning. A bit of healthy skepticism never goes astray in such matters, but when you're dealing with a body's one and only blood pump (we don't have a backup organ), it's probably intelligent to err on the side of caution.
Even if creased earlobes only provided a warning in some cases, wouldn't that be enough? If you've got a dark mole on your skin, should you ignore it because only some dark moles become melanomas?

Anyway, I once noticed a crease in a friend's earlobe. I mentioned to him what I knew about the subject, and he confessed that he had been suffering from chest pains for some time. This co-incidence secured his attention. Thankfully, treatment by the aforementioned chiropractor and diligent lifestyle changes on my friend's part saw the crease become less distinct, and the risk of calamity fade. As far as I know, he is now very healthy and fit.
Creased earlobe closeup: click to enlarge A person with creased lobes and high risk of heart disease will often have the palms of their hands facing backwards when hanging by their sides in a normal standing position. When they walk, their hands will be swinging like paddles. This is caused by upper-body muscles pulling in the wrong way, or something (I'm told). My friend definitely exhibited this symptom too.
What should you do if you have a creased earlobe and perhaps backward-facing palms? Well, that's for you to decide. If it were me I'd have some tests done, and work out an anti-heart-disease strategy.


Three footnotes (earnotes?)

  1. No, his head isn't really that shape, but I couldn't resist.
  2. There's some new thinking about the causes of heart disease, so if you're serious about looking into the subject, make sure you find up-to-date sources of advice. I believe that the experts are starting to see significant risk factors beyond the usual suspects (bad diet, lack of exercise, family history, etc). From memory, immunological stuff, bacterial infection, depression, loneliness and social isolation—these sorts of things are now seen to be major factors in many cases of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Seems like one easy way to reduce blood cholesterol is to include cinnamon in the diet:

Cinnamon, Diabetes and Heart Disease

Studies in rats have shown that cinnamon lowers blood glucose and cholesterol levels. A new study published in Diabetes Care in December 2003 (Khan et al) has shown that small amounts of cinnamon in humans with diabetes can lower blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. Sixty Pakistani men and women were divided into 6 groups and given 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon (Cassia—red brown variety) or similar amounts of placebo for 40 days. Blood glucose and lipids dropped on average by 20% and remained low for 20 days after intake was stopped. Also, the impact on blood levels was the same at all doses i.e there was no dose response - so 1g was as effective as 6g. The authors conclude that inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.
(PS there is also another variety of true cinnamon not used in this study which is tan in colour).


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