a known fact that fingernails grow
faster than the toenails. A new study
says that growth of the nails pitched
to 25% from the past 70 years mainly
due to the protein rich diet.
A team of researchers from the University
of Carolina had compared two research
studies for the complete analysis
of the growth of nails. They found
that the toenails grow by more than
2 mm a month when compared to1.65
mm in late thirties.
They also find out that fingernails
growth rate in 1950 is 3.06 mm a month
and now it is 3.55 mm a month, an
increase of more than a half a mm
over seven decades.
According to the researchers, “A
rapid change in the environment, lifestyle,
food habits and health conditions
has lead to drastic change in the
growth rate of nails over past 30
The researchers monitored 195 fingernails
and 188 toenails over a period of
3 months to derive a solution.
The results found fingernails now
grow by 3.47 mm every month almost
twice as fast as toenails. They found
that the nails of the younger people
and men grow at a faster rate. The
little finger nail grows more slowly
than other fingernails at a rate of
3.08 mm each month. The middle finger
has faster growing nail.
These findings have been published
in the ‘Journal of the European
Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.’