Facial Temperature Readings Might Spot Diabetes and Liver Disease

Facial Temperature Readings Might Spot Diabetes and Liver Disease
Facial Temperature Readings Might Spot Diabetes and Liver Disease. Credit | Biometricupdate.com

United States: Scientists recently found that the temperature of different parts of your face can be linked to diseases. They used a special AI camera to measure face temperatures, which might help doctors catch diseases early. This new way could make it easier to detect health problems sooner.

In the coming time, the doctors might be able to find out if you have chronic illnesses like diabetes or fatty liver disease just by checking the temperature of your nose, eyes, or cheeks.

Future Possibilities for Health Monitoring

“Aging is a natural process,” researcher Jing-Dong Jackie Han with Peking University in Beijing, China, said in a news release. “But our tool has the potential to promote healthy aging and help people live disease-free.”

The research team had previously used that facial structure to estimate how slowly or quickly a person’s body is aging relative to their actual age.

Research Details and Findings

As reported in the U.S. News, they analysed the facial temperatures of more than 2,800 Chinese people ages 21 to 88 to see if those readings could be used to judge their health.

Researchers or health experts fed the people’s data into that AI program, which identified critical facial regions where the temperatures were majorly related to age and health.

New Insights from Facial Temperature Analysis

Metabolic problems like diabetes and liver disease cause higher eye area temperatures relative to healthy people, results show.

Likewise, high blood pressure causes elevated cheek temperatures, researchers said.

Researchers suspect this increase in temperature around the eyes and cheeks is caused by inflammation linked to chronic disease.

That inflammation causes people’s temperatures to rise in specific facial areas, creating a “thermal clock” that can be used to detect illness.

Surprising Results from Health Experiment

“The thermal clock is so strongly associated with metabolic diseases that previous facial imaging models were not able to predict these conditions,” Han said.

As a next step, the researchers conducted an experiment to check whether healthy habits could influence a person’s thermal clock. They had almost 23 participants jump rope at least 800 times daily for two weeks. To their surprise, they found that these folks reduced their thermal age by five years through that short burst of exercise.