Children with ADHD and their mothers may have a shorter life expectancy than the average population

Written by Ellen Clarke

New research from the D’Or Institute of Research and Education and the Federal University of Minas Gerais has found that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and their mothers are more likely to have shorter telomeres, a hallmark of cellular aging which is linked to an increased risk of conditions such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. The study was published recently in Frontiers of Molecular Neuroscience. While telomere shortening happens naturally with aging, with shorter telomeres associated with shorter life expectancy, research indicates the process is accelerated by psychological and biological stress. The new study included 61 ADHD children...

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