Published: 9th Apr 2019

People age quicker when they live in a neighbourhood with problems such as assaults, vandalism and burglaries, according to a new study. The University of Glasgow study, published in PLoS One, looked at telomeres which are part of people’s DNA and give a measure of ‘miles on the clock,’ or biological age. Researchers combined population health with molecular biology research and found that people who reported problems in their local area had shorter telomere lengths, and the effect was more marked among women. In the research, the shorter telomere length existed even after the analysis had taken into account other factors known to be associated with telomere length, such as age, sex, social class, smoking, diet, weight, depression and fitness. The study is a result of a cross-disciplinary collaboration between Social scientist Prof. Anne Ellaway from the University of Glasgow MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit and Geroscientist Prof Paul … (To read the full article, subscribe below)