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Do twins/siblings close in age, where only one is paleo, age differently?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 02, 2012 at 5:39 AM

In 2009 a study was released showing how twins age differently based on stress levels in their lives. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/twin-studies-explain-wrinkles-of-aging/#more-855)

I'm curious who on this board has a twin (or sibling close in age that they look very similar to) where your brother/sister isn't paleo, and what your experiences are with aging physically.

I am an identical twin. I've been gluten free for over 8 years, dropped rice and sugar from my diet in the last 6 months. My twin has refused to change her SAD eating habits. Her excuse is that she has children, and just doesn't have tome to organize herself this way- she relies on pre-packaged foods.

Over the years, we have aged very differently- she also smokes and I never have, so I'm sure this also plays a role. In summary: her skin is much dryer and she has more wrinkles. My mom is actually the one who brought this to our attention and stated she looks at least 10 years older. I'm truly hoping that maybe now vanity will encourage her to look a little more closely at her & her family's health... So far my encouragement has landed on deaf ears.

Please share your experiences!

with thanks, Jen

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Thanks, I will save it :)

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I'd be happy to help! You're welcome to drop me a line at no.good.email.addresses.left (AT) gmail.com

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at 12:44 AM

Smoking absolutely wrecks the skin though compared to food, at least from what I know coming from a family of regular smokers. I'm unsure if that little variable would reduce the implications of strictly diet.

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at 01:34 PM

My husband and I just went Paleo last month, and he is an identical twin. His brother is a lifelong fitness buff, while my husband goes through phases of intense working out alternated with periods of not taking very good care of himself. As a result, he does look a bit older than his brother.

I would be VERY interested to see how things change if we can stick with this lifestyle - his brother is definitely eating SAD, so that may eventually catch up with him. While I would never wish for that to happen, I do hope that eating Paleo, combined with a solid commitment to fitness, will help my hubby to catch up with his "little brother".

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on April 13, 2012
at 09:13 AM

I WOULD love to see some twin studies on Paleo diet and epigenetics!

My Gosh, I was just thinking about this right now. You would be the perfect research subject and a case study.

Please do not leave Paleohacks or give me your email - I will not do anything in the next six months, but I promise to get back to this subject in the future! Thank you for writing.

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on April 13, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I'd be happy to help! You're welcome to drop me a line at no.good.email.addresses.left (AT) gmail.com

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on April 19, 2012
at 07:33 AM

Thanks, I will save it :)

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