Why you should love your…moles: The physical flaws that are GOOD for your health
While having lots of moles can put you at up to ten times higher risk of developing skin cancer, oddly, it could also mean you’ll live longer.
Scientists at King’s College London studied more than 900 sets of twins and found those with 100 or more moles lived on average six years longer than those with 25 or fewer.
It is thought this was down to their telomeres, which sit on the ends of strands of DNA like the plastic ends on shoelaces and protect your DNA from wear and tear.
Marilyn Monroe and her mole: Having lots of moles suggests you have long telomeres, which protect your DNA from wear and tear
Telomeres shorten with time, and their length seems to indicate the speed at which our body will age.
The study found people with more than 100 moles tended to have longer telomeres.
They concluded that telomeres allow the pigmented cells that form moles to keep dividing for longer — so having lots of moles suggests you have long telomeres.
Dr Veronique Bataille, consultant dermatologist at Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, says: ‘Moley people may have the benefit of a reduced rate of ageing, and this suggests they are less likely to develop age-related diseases.’