To Find Out How You'll Age, a New Study Says to Look to This Key Family Member

by Beth Shapouri

Getty ImagesGetty ImagesGot wrinkles? Blame your mom. An animal study published earlier this week in the journal Nature suggests that how well (or not well) we'll age is partially determined by the genes passed down from mother to child.

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What researchers looked at in mice was the "the mitochondrion" of cells (aka the cells' power plants) and found that mDNA with mutations inherited from the mother in particular accelerated the aging process.

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But wait--don't send your mom a box of black roses just yet. This is merely one factor. Whether it's possible to stop this mDNA damage by living well hasn't been determined yet. So your lifestyle might really be mostly to blame for those fine lines after all. But, for now, if you want to know how you'll age, how your mom is handling the process might help give you some clues (like Eva Amurri and her mom Susan Sarandon up there).

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