Wednesday, August 02, 2006

getting older

People with lower socio-economic status appear to age faster than their better-off counterparts, British researchers said on Thursday.

i found this interesting. further,

"Not only does social class affect health and age-related diseases, it seems to have an impact on the aging process itself," said Dr Tim Spector of St Thomas's Hospital in London.
which isn't surprising, given that dlamming would tell you that aging itself is the disease.

the study was carried out on twins and corrected for other factors:

Even after adjusting for factors such as obesity, smoking and exercise, which can also influence aging....

The average difference was equivalent to about seven years ... which also could not be explained by education or income, according to the study.


At 3:31 PM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

Well, I would expect some of it is caused just by time - if you have to work two jobs, you just have less time to take care of yourself than someone who's middle class - and less ability to visit a doctor.

On the other hand, someone who wealthy has money, time, and personal trainers to keep them and tip top shape, and doctors to feed them chicken soup when they get a sniffle.

If one could control for "free time" as well, that could be interesting, but it might be too difficult.


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