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What do Cindy Crawford and Robert DeNiro have in common? According to scientists they are probably going to live longer than most of us. This increased longevity, according to a new study from King's College in London, has nothing to do with their star power but everything to do with their facial moles.
That's right, put away your wrinkle cream ladies because that little beauty mark that Marilyn Monroe first popularized now supposedly offers benefits that go far beyond good looks. Researchers discovered that people who have moles also have longer telomeres on their DNA. Your telomeres are the little end-caps on each chromosome that keep them from deteriorating so the longer your telomeres, the slower you age. People with moles also look about seven years younger than their smooth-faced friends. And the effect is magnified by the number of moles you have, the more the better, at least when it comes to their anti-aging benefits.
Let's face it, people 'blessed' with beauty marks, often don't think of them fondly. In fact, most tend to have a conflicted relationship with their moles. On one hand you have Cindy Crawford who showed us that a unique imperfection can magnify the beauty of an already gorgeous face. (However, even she recently revealed she has a love/hate relationship with her signature mole). But there is a darker side to moles as evidenced by more hapless stars like New York Mets outfielder, Carlos Beltran - possessor of the only mole in history to have its own website and Facebook group dedicated to its demise.
I'd say my mole sits somewhere between those two extremes; it's a tiny one along my lower jawline and while I've never cared enough to remove it, I've had a hard time seeing it as beautiful. Its major crime is that I never notice it until the one black hair that grows out of the middle of it is about four inches long. Will it help me live longer? Who knows...
Do you have a mole? Do you see your mole differently now knowing that it may help you live longer? Chime in below!