New research shows those with beauty marks may fend off wrinkles and have tauter muscles and stronger bones than the mole-less.
People with more than 100 moles may age slower than those without, according to new research from King's College London. A study of more than 1,200 identical twins found an abundance of beauty marks leads to tougher bones, firmer muscles, a healthier heart and eyes and fewer wrinkles. Moles reduce the risk of osteoporosis by nearly half and can also cause those blessed with beauty spots to look up to seven years younger than they actually are. Scientists say the reason for these health benefits lies in the fact that people with moles have longer 'telomeres', or more spare DNA at the end of chromosomes. This extra DNA allows cells to regenerate more and, in turn, live longer.
ZEST SAYS: Don't worry if you're not one of the 10-15% of the Caucasian population with more than 100 moles. This research shows that it's the length of telomeres that's key to ageing. Scientists are discovering more and more about this area, but previous studies have found that excessive alcohol intake shortened telomeres, while exercising has been linked to longer telomeres.
But if you are one of the lucky ones with lots of moles, there are a few important things to remember. Moles make you more sensitive to the sun and at a greater risk of melanoma, or skin cancer. Check your family history for melanoma and take extra care when exposed to the sun by covering up with an SPF directly on the moles. Also, check your moles regularly for any changes in the ABC's: asymmetry, border and colour. Look out for oddly shaped moles, those with irregular or blurred edges and uneven colour.
Posted: 22/11/2010 at 13:22
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