Childhood Trauma and Adult PTSD May Speed Aging

By RICK NAUERT PHD


A preliminary study suggests a history of childhood trauma among adults displaying post-traumatic stress disorder may cause accelerated aging.

Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco discovered that individuals with PTSD had altered chromosomes.

For these individuals, the part of the chromosome called the telomere — a DNA-protein complex whose function is to protect the chromosome from damage and mutation — was shortened and thus damaged.

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