Dr. Antell's Twins Study Research Featured at the Smithsonian

POSTED ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014 AT 10:19 AM  

The National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institute recently hosted an exhibit called, “The Human Genome”, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome. There visitors could delve into the microscopic world of genetics that defines the human race. In particular, they learned about the concept that genetics doesn’t necessarily take control over the aging process, a dreadful prospect that we sometimes don’t look forward to in such a mortal world. Instead, genetics shares the spotlight with the effects of the environment and lifestyle choices on the aging process. This groundbreaking discovery is the result of Dr. Darrick E. Antell’s study on identical twins and aging. 

After studying numerous identical twins, Dr. Antell verified his findings and concluded that environmental factors and lifestyle choices—specifically smoking, excess sun, and stress (the 3 “S”s) can accelerate the aging process independently of genetic influences. The effects of the 3 “S”s can be seen in photos of identical twins. From first glance, one might think they were photos of before-and-after shots of patients who had facelift procedures performed, but in reality they are identical twins. One twin, for example, would be a nudist who basked in the sun, while her other half stayed indoors most of the time. Take that genetics! We can be hopeful again in slowing down the clock and taking a few matters in our own hands and taking better care of ourselves by not smoking, wearing sunscreen, and finding ways to distress from the evermore pressuring society around us.

  Dr. Antell at the Smithsonian

The Office of Dr. Darrick E. Antell was thrilled to hear Dr. Antell’s research being featured at the Smithsonian, and were even more excited to hear from the museum staff that Dr. Antell could possibly be the only plastic surgeon to have his work featured at the prestigious institute. Way to go Dr. Antell!

To learn more about Dr. Antell’s previously published studies, you can visit our website, www.antell-md.com. Click on Media & News at the top of the page to see more about the twins.

Interested in returning to the good ol’ days? Plan a visit to the Office of Dr. Darrick E. Antell to learn about the many options for rejuvenation.

Scarlett Tohme

Clinical Associate  

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