You Can Thank Your Latino Blood For Your Youthful Appearance

A recent study out of UCLA has found what we already knew: Latinos age slower than many other ethnicities. This explains why your mom is still able to brag about getting carded, even though she’s celebrated her 40th birthday for the past nine years.

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CREDIT: Credit: mitú

 

In a study involving nearly 6,000 people, scientists found the main reason behind this slow aging process has to do with Latino blood, which not only degrades slower, but also plays a significant role in our body’s ability to fend off certain diseases, like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease — despite Latinos being at higher risk for such diseases. Aside from our Deadpool-like healing abilities, we also live longer. On average, Latinos have a life expectancy of 82 years, compared to 79 years for caucasians.

Of course this doesn’t take into account your mom’s favorite telenovela stars, who tend to seem to have an abnormally high mortality rate.

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Sadly, Latinos can’t participate in Throwback Thursdays. For example, here’s Mario Lopez fifteen years apart.

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If you’re not Latino and you’re reading this, don’t worry, aging slowly isn’t as amazing as it sounds. Sure, we get carded all the time, which is good for the ego, and we look the best at our high school reunions. Oh, wait, it is as amazing as it sounds.

Read: How Do They Never Age? Latino Celebrities Who Are Probably Vampires