50s Lifestyle

Poverty makes you age faster

PEOPLE who have found themselves below the relative poverty threshold four or more times in their adult life, age significantly earlier than others. Researchers tested 5,500 middle-aged persons, using various ageing markers – physical capability, cognitive function and inflammatory level. The results were then compared with the participants’ income throughout the 22 years leading up to the test. An annual income of 60 per cent below the median income is considered relative poverty.