Mexico.- Neighborhood or neighborhood considered stressful due to attacks, pollution or riotsare associated with a accelerated aging, with a greater impact on women, revealed research from the University of Glasgow.
According to a study published in a scientific journal "PLoS One"which has combined research into the health of the population and. t molecular biologyit was found that people who reported problems in the local area, such as theft, garbage and vandalism, had shorter telomeres.
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telomeres they are part of the DNA of people who give "miles per hour" and their length is the biological marker of age that is shortens with time, explained the academic institution in a statement.
Researchers analyzed data from two thousand 186 adults in western Scotland and measured stress factors at three time points for 12 years and telomere lengths at the end of the study.
Shorter telomere lengths existed after analysis with respect to other factors associated with it, such as age, gender, social class, smoking, diet, weight, depression and physical condition.
Aging is more pronounced in women
Research has shown that chronic neighborhood stressors have been associated with accelerated aging and the effect has been more pronounced in women, explains Professor Anne Ellaway of the MRC / CSO Social Sciences and Public Health Department. Glasgow University.
The aforementioned researcher may be due to the fact that women spend more time in the local neighborhood or because of men and women women process a stressful environment differently and this can lead to different physiological reactions.
Ellaway stressed that improving deteriorated areas can combat this acceleration of aging.
While Professor Paul Shiels of the University Institute of Cancer Sciences mentioned that there is a significant difference in health and longevity among the richest and most disadvantaged areas.
Now we have more knowledge that the factors of this division are important because People's local health can affect their health, as the study shows.
"The positive news is that the neighborhood environment is potentially modifiable and future efforts to improve disadvantaged environments can be useful to mitigate the impact of how quickly people get older," he said.