11 May '11, 3am

People with fewer educational qualifications are prone to ageing faster, a UK/US study suggested

People with fewer educational qualifications are prone to ageing faster, a UK/US study suggested

A new study suggests that people who leave educations with fewer qualifications are prone to ageing quicker. -- ST FILE PHOTO LONDON - PEOPLE who leave education with fewer qualifications are prone to age more quickly, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers from Britain and the United States examined the length of sections of DNA known as telomeres from around 450 people taking part in a long-term health study and found that people who did less well at school had shorter telomeres, suggesting they may age faster. Telomeres are sections of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes, protecting them from damage and the loss of cell functions associated with ageing. Shorter telomeres are thought to be an indicator of faster ageing. 'The key implication of this study backs up one of the main messages to have come out of long-term studies..that your experiences early in life can h...

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