The length of a baby boy's fingers could indicate whether he will be at risk of a heart attack in early adulthood.
An analysis of more than 150 male heart attack victims showed that boys with shorter ring fingers could experience heart problems as early as age 35.
This is because these boys tend to have lower levels of the hormone testosterone, which protects against heart attack; genes that affect testosterone production also determine finger development.
The average male tends to have a ring finger about 2 percent longer than the index finger, and the ratio remains the same throughout life. The longer the ring finger, the greater the testosterone production.Short ring fingers did not mean that a heart attack was inevitable, but could serve to alert parents that risk-reduction measurers should be taken.
Awhile ago I ran an article about Canadian researchers measuring a male's propensity for physical aggression by the length of his fingers. Generally, shorter index fingers in comparison to ring fingers meant more aggressiveness.
This is an interesting finding that can alert you to an increase in your risk for heart disease and relates to associations of anatomy as a result of less than ideal hormone concentrations during critical developmental stages.
Great news, as it can give you a heads up if you are at an increased risk. However, there is danger in resigning yourself to the fact that you are going to die early as a result of your "genes predetermining" your health, as nothing could be further from the truth.
Personally, I have had iridology assessments done on me that show I have an absolutely lousy genetic predisposition. The good news is that the majority of my life I have followed healthy habits and as a result enjoy a higher level of health than most everyone I know.
You can also achieve outstanding, spectacular health by following similar approaches.
Remember, it's the expression of those genes -- influenced by how you live your life -- that makes the real difference. And there's plenty of natural weapons at your disposal to help you lessen your heart risks, without drugs.
On Vital Votes, Mary an RN from
"Sounds like the medical establishment is trying to come up with another excuse to explain their poor track record in treating diseases without causing another one. If we can't fix it it must be genetic. There is a lot more than genes that determines how one acts."