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By On October 14th, 2009

Trauma during childhood shortens lifespan, researchers say

According to a study published in the October addition of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, a cohort ACE study composed 16,908 adults between 1995 and 1997 found that individuals who had suffered traumatic childhood events were more likely to have a shortened lifespan; specifically, those who had experienced six or more traumatic events as children died on average twenty years earlier than those who had not. According to the CDC’s David Brown, DSc, MScPH, and colleagues, “People exposed to adverse childhood events, particularly those exposed to multiple stressors, died younger than those who were not exposed… some of this increase in risk is explained by related health and social problems.” Click here to read an article from ABC News that discusses these findings more.

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