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Long Term Unemployment and "Premature Aging"

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  • Long Term Unemployment and "Premature Aging"

    There was a research paper published in 2013 stating that younger men who had dealt with long term unemployment were more likely to suffer from premature aging. It described premature aging as people having shorter telomeres (I don't know what that means other than a basic search).

    This seems like it would be a serious problem given the late 2000's recession in the USA and even worse conditions in much of Europe. Have you read any analysis on this paper and, if so, do you have anything insightful to share, such as whether you agree with its conclusions, or how you would go about minimizing the predicted affect on a patient who was formerly LTU?

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    A citation would be a good place to start.
    IG / YT


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      Objective Life stress resulting from early-life experiences and domestic stress is linked with shorter leukocyte telomere length (LTL), but evidence on employment-related stress is scarce. We explored whether unemployment in early adulthood is associated with shorter LTL, a potential biomarker of premature aging. Methods We used data from 5620 men and women belonging to the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966. Individually registered unemployment days in 1995–97 were compared with data on biological, behavioral and socioeconomic health predictors and existing medical conditions obtained by surveys and clinical examinations at follow-up in 1997–98. Mean LTL at follow-up was measured by multiplex quantitative real-time PCR. We calculated odds ratios and their 95% confidence intervals (CI) of belonging to the sex-stratified shortest decile of standardized relative mean LTL according to the categories of: 0, <260, <500 and over 500 unemployment days, representing 0, <1, <2 and over 2 calendar years. Results Among men, unemployment exceeding 500 days during three years was associated with having shorter LTL at follow-up, compared to being continuously employed. The corresponding odds ratio was 2.61 (95% CI 1.16 to 5.85) in the fully adjusted model. Such an association was not found among women in this study. Conclusions Long-term unemployment in early adulthood is associated with shorter LTL among men.


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