Divorce, use of anti-depressants age you by several years

February 4th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Feb 4 (IANS) Factors like divorce or use of anti-depressants can wreak havoc on your face and age you by several years, according to a study based on identical twins.”A person’s heritage may initially dictate how they age - but if you introduce certain factors into your life, you will certainly age faster. Likewise, if you avoid those factors you can slow down the hands of time,” said study author Bahaman Guyuron, professor and plastic surgeon, University Hospitals Case Medical Centre (UHCMC).

“In this study, we looked at identical twins because they are genetically programmed to age exactly the same, and in doing so we essentially discovered that, when it comes to your face, it is possible to cheat your biological clock,” he added.

Guyuron and his colleagues obtained comprehensive questionnaires and digital images from 186 pairs of identical twins. The images were reviewed by an independent panel, which then recorded the perceived age difference between the siblings.

Results showed that twins who had been divorced appeared nearly two years older than their siblings who were married, single or even widowed, said an UHCMC release.

Anti-depressant use was associated with a significantly older appearance and researchers also found that weight played a major factor too. In those sets of twins who were less than 40 years old, the heavier twin was perceived as being older, while in those groups over 40 years old, the heavier twin appeared younger.

“This research is important for two reasons,” Guyuron said. “First, we have discovered a number of new factors that contribute to ageing and second, our findings put science behind the idea that volume replacement rejuvenates the face.”

These results were published online in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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