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Researchers at the University of California have deducted that people who lead stressful lives face a greater risk of age related diseases and tend to die sooner than those who lead less stressful lives. This occurs because chronic psychological stress can shorten the telomeres on the end of white blood cell chromosomes which destroys them faster. Telomere shortening is linked to early death from cardiovascular disease and infections. In the study, it was found that there was the equivalent 10 years of extra age when comparing immune system cell telomeres of chronically stressed people compared to those with the lowest level of stress.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News From Russia
About: Stress is linked to a shorter life
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: News From Russia
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