Study: Childhood Stress Could Increase Risk of Diabetes as Adult
Stress is known to increase risk for certain health conditions. Now, new research is suggesting a link between stress during childhood and common disabling conditions developed in our adult years. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that children who experienced high levels of stress during childhood and adulthood had higher cardiometabolic risk scores than those with relatively low-stress childhoods.
Researchers followed the blood pressure and biological markers in the blood samples of nearly 7,000 participants of the 1958 British Birth Cohort Study. These participants’ health, stress, and mental health were studied for an average of 45 years and reported at ages 7, 11, 16, 23, 33, and 42.
Cardiometabolic risk scores are used to predict a person’s risk for diabetes and heart disease, two common disabling conditions that can result in an inability to work and earn a substantial income. The research found that childhood stress increased the cardiometabolic risk scores even more than childhood obesity, a commonly cited cause of diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.
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