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New study finds fat can keep you from looking old

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:03am

Fat2 Are you looking for a new way to fight the aging process. In other words, what' s the best way to not look old?

The results of a new study suggest that it might be something which endurance athletes battle all of the time.

In fact, the study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a surprising solution for amateur athletes: fat.

The study says that you should fear putting on few pounds as fat helps smooth out wrinkles and makes you look younger---especially in and around your face.

According to Yahoo news:

"The authors of the study, a team led by Dr. Bahman Guyuron of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, are plastic surgeons who study faces for a living. They analyzed photographs of the faces of 186 pairs of identical twins taken at the Twins Days Festival, a sort of twins' pride event held every summer in (naturally) Twinsburg, Ohio."

"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," said Guyuron.

Researches studied photos of 186 pair of identical twins.

According to the study:

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."

The study also showed that twins who had been divorced looked 2 years older as opposed to those who had not been divorced.

"The presence of stress could be one of the common denominators in those twins who appeared older," said Guyuron.

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