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Unemployed have higher levels of inflammatory markers research finds

Researchers have found the direct biological stress associated with unemployment may explain the increased mortality and morbidity among job-seekers.Capture d’écran 2015-03-10 à 18.06.50

University of College London investigators correlated inflammatory markers found in blood, which are influenced by stress, to heart disease.

The markers are clinically important because mildly raised levels predict atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries due to fatty deposits) and heart disease.

Using data on 23,025 participants from the Health Survey for England and Scottish Health Survey, the researchers found that unemployed men and women had higher levels of inflammatory markers than employed counterparts.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Stress from Long-term Unemployment May Undermine Health | Psych Central News.

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