Low social status ‘can damage immune system’ – BBC News

Scientists have long theorized that the immune system has a more neurological connection than previously thought, and research has risen up to validate them. Recent studies, for example, have found that there is a physical connection between the immune system and the brain’s blood supply, and now there seems to be a more psychological connection.

Key Takeaways:

  • Monkey experiments showed low status alters the immune system in a way that raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems.
  • The gulf in life expectancy between the richest and poorest is huge – in the US it is more than a decade for women and 15 years for men.
  • The captive Rhesus monkeys – who were all female, unrelated and had never met before – were divided one-by-one into nine new groups of five.

“Monkey experiments showed low status alters the immune system in a way that raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38092146

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