In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose" Bailey Mosier examines a study that claims that bullying and other violence may be linked to increased wear and tear on children's DNA making them more susceptible to chronic illnesses.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
Researchers from Duke University found that children who are victims of bullying or violence have DNA wear-and-tear that is normally associated with aging, putting them at greater risk for chronic diseases.
The researchers analyzed data on 1,100 families with twins born in the 1990s. DNA samples were collected from the children when they were 5 and 10 years old. They found that children with a history of two or more kinds of violent exposures – such as domestic violence, frequent bullying or physical abuse by an adult – had significantly more DNA wear and tear than other children.
Researchers say that protecting children from harm when they’re young may benefit their long-term health and that we should look at preventing chronic diseases in our children rather than waiting to treat the diseases years down the line.
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