The aging rate can be determined by the number of moles

Telomeres - the terminal fragments of chromosomes do not carry genetic information. Their main function is to protect cellular DNA from strains and injuries. The length of telomeres was recognized as the main indicator of aging after it was proven that these regions of chromosomes are reduced with each cell division.

The average adult human body can be found from 30 to 100 moles, but in some cases there may be more than 400. Researchers have found a statistically significant correlation of telomere length between participants with less than 25 moles and those who were more than 100. In the latter group were significantly longer telomeres, which meant that the cells of these people "younger" for about 6-7 years.

Conclusions scientists quite unexpected, since, until recently, the main feature of an excess of people with moles on the body was considered increased susceptibility to skin cancer - melanoma. According to lead study author Dr. Veronique Bataille (Veronique Bataille), an insignificant risk of malignancies associated with a large number of moles, is compensated by less prone to age-related diseases - heart disease, osteoporosis, etc. However, Bataille admits, all of these assumptions need to be confirmed by additional research


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