Unemployed men appear to age faster than those who are employed, according to a PLOS ONE study in November 2013. It's just the latest research suggesting that being unemployed - or underemployed - is bad for your health.
That's why employment status is an important part of the RealAge Test. We have abundant evidence that joblessness, working part-time when you want to work full time, having a second job and (especially early) retirement make your RealAge older. Research has even linked unemployment with a higher risk of death.
The PLOS ONE study looked at the length of telomeres: protective "caps" at the end of our chromosomes, often compared to plastic tips on shoelaces. Telomeres naturally shrink as we age - and shorter telomeres are associated with age-related disease and shorter lifespans. In this study, men who were unemployed for at least 500 days during a three-year period were more likelyRead More »from Is Unemployment Aging You? Here's What to Do