Wrinkles are natural. With age it comes, and no one is to be blamed for it. Isn’t? But, lately a study finds mum is to be blamed, if only, how quickly a person ages and the speeding wrinkles.
Scientists have found in their research the genes inherited from mother are responsible for all the fine lines on the face that keeps multiplying with growing age. The study says when the passed down DNA from mum to child is defective, it results with premature ageing and fast wrinkling. It does not only wrinkle the skin, but also makes the lifespan shorter.
Researchers from Germany and Sweden found damage to the mitochondria speeds up its age-related conditions. Mitochondria are tiny powrehouses in the cells that has the duty of converting food into energy.
The team of researchers also found the genetic mutations inherited from mum also influences the ageing process apart from the same is caused due to accumulation of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) damage.
For generation after generation the DNA, both normal as well as damaged ones, are passed down.
Lead researcher Professor Nils-Goran Larssom from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden said in the Nature journal, “Ageing is the accumulation of various types of cell damage. Much of the damage will be a result of environmental and lifestyle factors, which means the inheriting mDNA damage can never be the only explanation for ageing. But it is an important part of the ageing process.”
However, Dr Barry Hoffer of Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, co-author of the study, said that several foods and drugs can fight with such mitochondrial damage and help in reducing the unnatural ageing process. He added even antioxidants can work in this case.