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Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer

Childhood Stress Linked to Adult Diseases

A study of 28,000 adults has found that those who experienced four or more kinds of childhood stress, such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, physical or emotional neglect, domestic violence, or a dysfunctional family, are more than four times as likely in adulthood to suffer Alzheimer's or dementia, five times as likely to suffer from depression, over twice as likely to have chronic lung disease, and nearly twice as likely to have asthma or kidney disease. They are also more likely to be overweight or obese, to be unemployed, to have cancer, to have diabetes, and to commit suicide. Most individuals in the study experienced at least one form of childhood stress, and one in every six could cite at least four, the tipping point for numerous subsequent health and mental issues.

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