Numbers Don't Lie

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The poor age faster than the rich

In UK, people of lower socio-economic status appear to age 7 years faster than their better-off counterparts, British researchers found.
Researchers showed that "the poor have shorter telomeres, the caps on chromosomes that prevent them from fraying, which makes them biologically older than people of the same age in higher social groups".
After considering other aging factors such as obesity, smoking and exercise, the scientists found that telomeres in people of lower economic status were significantly shorter, "equivalent to what could be considered an extra seven years of biological aging".
Researchers suspects that "psychological stress itself or the loss of control might have a biological impact", "it might raise levels of oxidative stress in the body and make cells turn over more quickly".
This study is some what similar to the previous one blogged here.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Jorge Gajardo Rojas said...

But upper class when are fat live less.a experiment with rats con a lower food intake than normal live
more.But are only numbers,genetics is a great factor.

1:35 PM

 
Blogger Forty_Two said...

I'm putting my money on stress.

6:43 AM

 
Blogger DeimosSpeaks said...

Rich people give people the blues, and the poor get the blues. There are three types of creatures that form society: domesticated animals, domesticated humans and rich people. And anything that is domesticated is a pathetic shadow of its effervescent wild counterparts. I think you have to give people more time to spend in solitude because reflection is good for people. Though how much good that is going to do is open to debate. George Carlin, an American comedian, said that
all children in school should be given three hours for daydreaming, which seems to be a good idea to me. But I guess poor people are to stupid to fight the blues.

3:20 AM

 
Blogger Sicilian said...

I can tell you in my work . . .poor people don't eat right. . . have little access to health care. . . don't get to a dentist. . . don't have a lot of education. . . and even though I am not rich. . . I note that most people my age look much . . .much older than I. My age is always guessed 10 years younger than I am. . .
Ciao

3:25 PM

 
Blogger Justin said...

I think it just depends on what kind of cartoon you watched when you were younger. For example, Optimus Prime from Transformers is so old school.

4:23 AM

 

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