Harvard Health Letter

Ask the doctor: Does stress make us age faster?

Q. I hear that stress causes our cells to age faster. Is there something to this, or is it just more nonsense to worry about?

A. I think you're probably talking about research showing that stress affects a critically important part of every cell in our body—the telomeres. If so, it is not nonsense. In fact, it's part of a discovery so important that it led to the Nobel Prize.

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