This One Part of Your Body Is Growing Faster Than Ever, Study Shows
And depending on your biological make-up, your's may grow even faster.
While you probably don't pay much attention to them outside of basic cosmetic maintenance, scientists have long been fascinated with human fingernails and toenails. Not only do they contain useful information about your diet and can be used for DNA analysis, but they also have an element of mystery. For instance, have you ever noticed that you clip your fingernails far more frequently than your toenails? Well, researchers still don't know exactly why the nails on your fingers grow at a different rate than the ones on your toes. However, a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology found some interesting information about your nails, including the fact that your fingernails are growing at a faster pace than what previous studies found decades ago. Read on to find out the factors that influence the rate at which your nails grow, and for more foot facts, check out This One Thing Could Finally Fix Your Smelly Feet, Study Says.
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Fingernails grow almost twice as fast as toenails.
The study, which monitored the nail growth of 22 healthy young adults in the United States, found that in a month's time, the average fingernail grew 3.47 millimeters. The average toenail, on the other hand, only grew 1.62 millimeters. And to learn even more about your fingertips, check out 17 Things Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health.
Your pinky fingernail grows the slowest.
Interestingly, the study found that the nail on your smallest finger grows slower than the rest of your fingernails. When it comes to your feet, your big toe's "great toenail" grows faster than the rest of your toenails. And for another fact that may influence your grooming habits, Here's What Happens When You Only Brush Your Teeth Once a Day.
Men's fingernails grow faster than women's.
The researchers behind the nail growth study found that both kinds of nails tended to grow faster in men than they did in women, though the difference was fairly small. And for more helpful information delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Your nails grow slower with age.
Another one of the factors the study linked to faster growth rates was age. Younger adults showed the fastest rate of growth, with it tapering off over time. The study also found that people who bite their nails, a common habit known as onychophagia, tended to have nails that grew faster than those that didn't. And for more on the habits you need to ditch when it comes to your body, check out 20 Surprising Ways You're Damaging Your Body.