Men: Long-term Unemployment May Cause Ageing
Keeping people in work should be an essential part of general health promotion, says doctor
For all you men out there who are currently unemployed, here’s a little food for thought. A study conducted by the Imperial College London and the University of Oulu, Finland has found that men who are jobless for more than two years show signs of faster ageing in their DNA.
Blood samples revealed that men who had been unemployed for over two years were more than twice as likely to have short telomeres (which protect the genetic code from being degraded) than men who were incessantly employed. And, because short telomeres are linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, they contribute to a faster ageing effect on men as well.
Dr. Leena Ala-Mursula, from the University of Oulu, stated that, “There has been lots of research linking long-term unemployment with ill health. This is the first study to show this type of effect at a cellular level. These findings raise concerns about the long-term effects of joblessness in early adulthood. Keeping people in work should be an essential part of general health promotion.”
The study conducted on both males and females did not see a change in women.