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People who look young live longer

india Updated: Dec 14, 2009 18:33 IST
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Are you a baby face? Well, then chances are high that you will live to a ripe old age, says a new study.

Researchers, led by Professor Kaare Christensen of the University of Southern Denmark, have carried out the study and found that people who look young for their age are likely to enjoy a longer life.

For the study, the researchers tested the belief that a person's perceived age gives a general indication of his health.

They looked at twins to see whether perceived age - basically how old others think you are - is linked with survival, as well as important age-related traits such as physical functioning and brainpower.

The researchers also examined evidence relating to chromosomes and DNA and their effect on longevity. But in the end, it seems, the best method of research was simply a long hard look in the mirror, the Daily Mail reported.

"It's probably easy to explain because people who've had a tougher life are more likely to die early - and their life is reflected in their face," Professor Christensen was quoted as saying.