Poverty accelerates the aging process

People who have lived at least for four years below the poverty line age faster than those who are financially sound. This was found by scientists from Denmark, whose study is published on the University of Copenhagen website.

Aging is influenced by genetics, lifestyle, environment. Another important factor is the financial aspect: living below the poverty line for four years or more is associated with early signs of old age.

The researchers tested the physical and mental health of 5,500 middle-aged people. They tested the subjects fist-clenching strength, the number of squats per 30 seconds, the height of the jump, the ability to remember the sequence of photos, as well as the level of inflammatory reactions in the body, indicating the presence of a disease. 

The authors then correlated the differences in biological age with the socio-economic conditions in which the participants lived for the past 22 years. After taking into account other risk factors (for example, dependence on bad habits, hereditary diseases, etc.), scientists concluded that people who lived for at least four years below the poverty threshold, performed tests worse: they were weaker physically and the level of inflammation was stronger. Moreover, experts noted that these four years do not necessarily have to go in a row. What matters is the total number of years.

Thus, there is a significant correlation between financial problems and premature aging. The study is important because people should be able to apply preventive measures to this situation.

Sept. 17, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

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