Skip to comments.People With Moles Age More Slowly Than Others
Posted on 07/10/2007 6:10:40 PM PDT by blam
People with moles age more slowly than others
Last Updated: 1:43am BST 11/07/2007
People who seem to stay younger for longer are also likely to have more moles, research released yesterday suggests.
A study of twins found a striking correlation between high numbers of moles and a biological marker for slow ageing.
As a result, people with a lot of moles might be expected to live longer than those who have very few, despite facing a greater risk of skin cancer.
Dr Veronique Bataille, from the Twin Research Unit at King's College London, who led the study said: "The results are very exciting as they show, for the first time, that moley people who have a slightly increased risk of melanoma [skin cancer] may, on the other hand, have the benefit of a reduced rate of ageing.
"This could imply susceptibility to fewer age-related diseases such as heart disease or osteoporosis, for example. Further studies are needed."
Moles appear in childhood and tend to vanish from middle age onwards. People with white skin average about 30 moles, although some may have as many as 400.
The reason for these differences is unknown, as is the function of moles. Previous research has shown that up to 60 per cent of susceptibility to moles is inherited.
Because moles disappear with age Dr Bataille's team looked at their relationship with telomere length, a good biological indicator of an individual's rate of ageing.
Telomeres are protective bundles of DNA found at the end of chromosomes in all cells. As cells divide, the telomeres shorten until a point where the chromosomes become unstable. The cell may then stop dividing or die.
The scientists compared more than 1,800 twins and found that participants with high numbers of moles - more than 100 - had longer telomeres than those with fewer than 25 moles.
The difference between the two groups was equivalent to six to seven years of normal ageing estimated by looking at the average rate of telomere length loss per year.
People with a lot of moles appeared to have longer telomeres and to keep their moles for longer. Those with shorter telomeres had fewer moles and tended to lose them more quickly with age.
Prof Tim Spector, head of the Twin Research Unit and co-author of the study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, said: "We now plan to look in more detail at the genes which influence the numbers of moles and to see whether they may also slow down the ageing process."
I gotta stop letting my dogs dig them up.
file in the uglier longer category.
People who seem to stay younger for longer are also likely to eat more rice, research released yesterday suggests..
There, fixed it and added another.
I swear, I have begun to view all so called research in England as suspect in the least.
people that look for grant money live forever
LOL! One of the best movies of all time. :)
The study also found that people with large, unsightly moles with hair growing out of them are likely to age even more slowly than those with normal moles.
Yep that’s how I read the headline.
“People with a lot of moles appeared to have longer telomeres and to keep their moles for longer”.
Look, it’s not like I haven’t been pounding the table on this for years. The article even calls them “moley people”. Undoubtedly, this is to distinguish these types of people from others who are essentially hairy moles with people growing out of them.
That is the Krupman Curse to go along with the Krupman diamond.
You should see old man Krupman, Mr. Moleman.
I wanna know why the ugliest women seem to have the most children. I suspect beer has something to do with it.
Man, I just had three removed in last two weeks. How many years have I reduced my life-span?
Eat your heart out, trisham (I hope you are a guy). I met Cindy Morgan several years ago. She still looks good, and so did the diving scene and Chevy Chase/Morgan sandwich in the movie.
Now, ask about me and Tanya Roberts, Chase Materson, Robin Curtis, and Tracy Scroggins. I have PHOTOS.
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