Phobias, anxiety spur women’s ageing

The study of 5243 women aged 42–69 years suggested having a high level of phobic anxiety was associated with significantly shorter lengths of telomeres, the DNA-protein complexes at the end of chromosomes.

Shortened telomeres have also been linked to increased risk of cancers, heart disease, dementia and mortality.

Blood samples and self-reports of phobias revealed the difference in telomere lengths for women who were highly phobic versus those who had no phobias was similar to