Psychological Stress & Biological Aging

It’s commonly known that stress can negatively affect health and raise the risk of developing disease. But a recent study of women over 50 found that just anticipating a stressful situation caused an accelerated rate of cellular aging, which is associated with a raised risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. In the study, participants were told they’d have to participate in a stressful event in the near future. The women who showed a higher level of stress in anticipation of the event also had an increased rate of cellular aging. The study’s lead author Aoife O’Donovan, PhD, said how you cope with major forms of stress in life may have an influence in how you respond to minor forms of stress. More here.