Childhood poverty increases adult health problems

A study from UBC and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that kids who grow up in poverty are more likely to have health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers later in life. The study looked at about 100 adults from Vancouver, and found kids who grew up poor produce more stress hormones. Those hormones can help them deal with hardship but they can also lead to weaker immune systems. BC has the highest rate of child poverty in the country, and researcher, Gregory Miller says, “If you believe the studies out there, then in 30 to 40 years we’re going to be seeing the effects of that. It’s going to have big implications.”

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