Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress.

@article{Epel2004AcceleratedTS,
  title={Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress.},
  author={Elissa S Epel and Elizabeth H Blackburn and Jue Lin and Firdaus S. Dhabhar and Nancy E. Adler and Jason D. Morrow and Richard M. Cawthon},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={101 49},
  pages={17312-5}
}
Numerous studies demonstrate links between chronic stress and indices of poor health, including risk factors for cardiovascular disease and poorer immune function. Nevertheless, the exact mechanisms of how stress gets "under the skin" remain elusive. We investigated the hypothesis that stress impacts health by modulating the rate of cellular aging. Here we provide evidence that psychological stress--both perceived stress and chronicity of stress--is significantly associated with higher… CONTINUE READING
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