A new study suggests that younger men who experience long-term stress as a result of being unemployed may age at an accelerated rate. To arrive at their conclusion, researchers examined the length of telomeres in men who had been unemployed for at least 500 days.

Telomeres are caps on the ends of chromosomes that generally become shorter as a person ages. When telomeres become shorter, the cells they were protecting either begin to malfunction or die, resulting in aging in the form of wrinkles, hair loss, and more.

For the study, which was conducted by a group of Finnish and British researchers and published in a recent issue of PLoS One, scientists examined blood cell samples taken from over 2,700 men and over 2,900 women. All participants had had their blood samples taken at the age of 31, and were followed for a number of decades. It was found that men who experienced unemployment for at least 500 days were 2.4 times more likely to have the shortest telomeres.

For most people, unemployment can lead to stress, which is linked to a number of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, obesity, skin conditions, and aging. Naturally, telomeres will become much shorter in those who frequently experience long periods of stress.

Since the role of telomeres is still a fairly new health topic and course of study for scientists and researchers around the world, the results from the Finnish-British study are not wholly conclusive at this time. Experts in the healthcare industry say that future studies must be conducted to determine the exact effects of stress on the length of telomeres.

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