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Don't hit your kids
Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies
Add this to this list of reasons that smacking your kid around makes you a horrible person. Not only does child abuse effect a mental health well into adulthood, but a recent study has found that children who suffer abuse have an increased risk of poor physical health as well.
Researchers followed 1,000 people from birth to age 32. Along with monitoring the participants as children, the researchers also asked those involved -- at age 26 -- to recall any abuse they had suffered during their youth.
A third of those who reported maltreatment were found to have high levels of inflammation -- a condition known to predict the development of conditions like heart disease and diabetes. This coincides with previous studies that have suggested that stress early in life can reduce levels of glucorticoid -- a hormone that combats inflammation.
So don't hit your kids. And if you know of someone that is, report them.