Nails grow at rapid rate!

September 14, 2009 09:12 PM

It’s 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 years.”

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.’

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