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New Study Links Racial Discrimination To Aging in Babies

Researchers conducting the study aim to continue tracking the children throughout their lives to monitor biological processes.

A groundbreaking study conducted by scientists in Colorado has uncovered findings linking mothers’ encounters with racial discrimination to the biological aging process in their children.

While seeming advantageous initially, this decelerated biological aging may harbor concerning implications, as Dr. Wei Perng, an epidemiology associate professor at the Colorado School of Public Health and study researcher, articulated to The Denver Post. “A deviation we see from the population level (of aging speed) is probably not good,” Perng said. “We weren’t trying to say, ‘This is good,’ or ‘This is bad.’”

Presently, researchers can only confirm mothers’ racist experiences exert a noticeable effect on their children’s aging patterns, though the long-term health ramifications remain uncertain.

“During early development, there are lots of biological systems that are undergoing rapid changes. Any deviation in the process may put development out of sync and cause long-term problems,” explained the paper’s lead author, Zachery Laubach, a University of Colorado Boulder postdoctoral fellow, adding to CU Boulder Today, “It’s troubling that negative social experiences can get under the skin.”

As the children continue their maturation process, Laubach proposed various potential outcomes—their aging could expedite, or they might experience a delayed onset of puberty, potentially curtailing their reproductive window.

Source: Black Enterprise

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