CitationTennyson, R.L.; Gettler, L.T.; Kuzawa, C.W.; Hayes, M.G.; Agustin, S.S.; & Eisenberg, D.T.A. (2018). Lifetime Socioeconomic Status And Early Life Microbial Environments Predict Adult Blood Telomere Length in The Philippines. American Journal of Human Biology, 30(5), e23145.
Psychosocial stress is postulated to hasten senescence in part by accelerating the shortening of telomere length (TL). One pathway through which this may happen is via increasing inflammation and innate immune system activation-a pathway which recent studies suggest acts more strongly for those who grew up in low microbial environments. Thus, we hypothesized that: (1) Psychosocial stress will be inversely associated with TL, (2) early life microbial environments will predict TL, and (3) microbial environments will moderate the association between psychosocial stress and TL.
We utilized data from the
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleAmerican Journal of Human Biology