The strong correlation of education with telomere health | Elissa Epel

Parent Episode: Dr. Elissa Epel on Telomeres and the Role of Stress Biology in Cellular Aging

A wide variety of lifestyle and demographic factors, including socioeconomic status, race, sex, and education, influence telomere length and, ultimately, lifespan. These factors shape telomere length at birth and have the potential to create a healthy – or unhealthy – trajectory of aging. One of the most influential factors is education level, which is correlated with longer telomere length. In this clip, Dr. Elissa Epel describes how education affected the telomere length of the babies of low-income women.

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