Looking younger than your actual age may have more than just superficial benefits. According to a new Danish study, being baby-faced could be linked to longevity.
The study began in 2001, when University of Southern Denmark researchers took photos of more than 1,800 sets of twins over age 70 and asked volunteers to guess their ages. The twins’ survival was then tracked for the next seven years.
The researchers found that the bigger the discrepancy between the perceived ages of a pair of twins, the more likely it was that the older-look twin had died first. The study, published in BMJ, concludes that people who look younger than their age are more likely to live longer.
Experts say this is more than just a lucky coincidence; they chalk it up to telomeres, the structure at the end of a chromosome that influences aging. People with shorter telomeres tend to age faster. The researchers discovered that the fresher-faced twins had longer telomeres than their older-looking counterparts.
Several innovative skincare companies have had a hunch about the impact of telomeres for while, but although their formulas may help you look younger, creams and serums alone are highly unlikely to prolong your life.
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