Study: “Poverty” Accelerates Brain Aging

Living in “poverty” appears to accelerate the process of decline in “white matter” in the brain with age, hastening aging, according to a recent study.

The study confirmed a relationship between lower income and rapid degradation of white matter in the brain.

White matter is essential in the brain, especially concerning the transmission of messages and signals, and its quantity plays a role in cognitive abilities.

The study showed that those belonging to poor families exhibited higher signs of white matter aging in their brains, as well as lower cognitive performance during medical exams.

According to the study, living in poverty or being exposed to chronic social and economic deprivation is linked to poor health and cognitive decline.

This decline was not observed in individuals from high-income families. It appears that having more money provides protection against cognitive decline.

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