According to a new study, the scientists from University of California have discovered that women under chronic stress have significantly lower levels of klotho, a hormone that regulates aging and enhances cognition.
Many previous studies have linked stress with the higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness. But the condition has been worsened and it was proved to be shortening your life span, according to a new study.
The scientists compared mothers of children on the autism spectrum to low-stress controls. They also found that the women in their study with clinically significant depressive symptoms had even lower levels of klotho in their blood than those who were under stress but not experiencing such symptoms.
From the research done in mice and worms, the scientists found that when klotho is disrupted, it promotes symptoms of aging, such as hardening of the arteries and the loss of muscle and bone, and when klotho is made more abundant, the animals live longer.
“Our findings suggest that klotho, which we now know is very important to health, could be a link between chronic stress and premature disease and death,” said lead author, Aric Prather, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF.
The study was published in the journal Translational Psychiatry.