How Your Eyes and Other Facial Features Could Predict Your Mortality

Facial Features Predict Longevity

What if you were told that you could predict when you will die by simply staring closely at your facial features? Would you want to look in the mirror? It may not be an easy thing to notice yourself, but for those who work with people on a daily basis, untrained professionals off the street, your wrinkles and behavior might give them ample evidence about your risk of dying.

A study conducted at Princeton University found that interviewers of 1200 Taiwanese students were more attuned to their facial expressions, responsiveness and general agility, all of which clued them in to the overall health of the person they were interviewing, with predictions turning out to be a lot more accurate than that of a trained physician. Published in the Epidemiology journal, the results were most definitely intriguing if not utterly shocking for many.


"Your face and body reveal a lot about your life. We speculate that a lot of information about a person’s health is reflected in their face, movements, speech and functioning, as well as in the information explicitly collected during interviews," said Noreen Goldman, Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School.

A previous article had looked at Doctor Oz and his special guest Lillian Pearl Bridges, professor and professional face reader of 25 years. According to her,

  • Yellowish eye whites mean a dysfunctional liver
  • Red nose tips mean a possible heart disease, while a purplish tint hints at blood clotting
  • Hollowed out cheeks mean lack of oxygen and changes in plumpness could indicate heart or liver disease alongside thyroid problems
  • Sunken or hollow eye sockets points towards a severe kidney problem
  • Ear lobe creases mean blood pressure fluctuation and possible heart troubles
  • Fatty deposits on the eyes could mean digestive liver and gall bladder problems

Another study had looked at how skin complexion, symmetry, adiposity (obesity), attractiveness, as well as one's likability, power in facial structure, and disposition to positive emotions affect the length of their lives. When making judgments, people generally look at visible health, wealth and personality to determine mortality rates. In this study, 100 yearbook photos of the deceased from the University of Toronto graduates of 1923 were looked at, having died at different ages. 212 Americans used the clues they saw in these photographs to estimate the age they would have taken their last breath in. Power and health were found to be the most important factors, the former decided on by estimating dominance levels and facial maturity, while the latter considered attractiveness, symmetry and general look of health.

Your face reveals much about your longevity. How you looked in your college days could provide ample clues about the amount of years you have left, with the least trained being the best at prediction.