Table 2

Means and percentages (adjusted for chronological age) according to quarter of estimated age residuals (excess perceived age) in both men and women. Men and women who looked the oldest (quarter 3–4) tended to have more grey hair and the men were more bald and had more developed arcus senilis

Men: quarter of estimated age residualsp Value (for linear trend)Women: quarter of estimated age residualsp Value (for linear trend)
1 (low)234 (high)1 (low)234 (high)
Any grey hair (%)56.464.967.966.30.2214.352.942.360.00.02
% Hairs that are grey2-150 6.510.712.711.90.00314.710.211.210.9>0.5
Arcus senilis (grade)1.511.651.711.830.021.531.381.501.44>0.5
Baldness (grade)2.172.332.302.450.021.281.251.251.33>0.5
Skin inelasticity (secs)2.902.773.093.500.094.634.714.154.790.44
Lying SBP (mm Hg)126.7126.4129.1129.00.09124.5119.8122.6125.20.49
Alcohol (units/week)9.86.89.58.9>0.54.63.64.75.30.46
Current smokers (%)30.429.924.733.30.3430.341.918.248.4>0.5
Low employment grade (%)26.619.517.329.6>0.548.558.145.546.9>0.5
BMI (kg/m2)24.324.624.625.00.1423.125.124.324.30.30
  • 2-150 Only among those subjects having some grey hair.

  • SBP = systolic blood pressure; BMI = body mass index.