Early-Life Stress Affects Telomeres Later

FLICKR; THOMAS RIED, NCI

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- AME Researchers Drs. Eli Puterman, Nancy Adler, Aric Prather, and Elissa Epel's research on the association between accumulation of stressful events in childhood and shorter telomeres in adulthood is published in PNAS

"The cumulative effect of stressful effects over a lifetime seemed to increase the odds of having shorter telomeres in older age by 6 percent, but these effects were primarily driven by stressful events in childhood, the researchers reported. The increase in odds reflects what is above and beyond the health and demographic factors thought to affect telomere length, including a person's age, race, body mass index, smoking status, and health problems."

Read more about their findings here.