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Studies find that poverty not only affects health but it also alters genes

In our human history, we all know very well about the circumstances of rags to riches story. There are lots of causes behind being rich as well as living in poverty. It affects not only our health but also our internal expressions as per our financial conditions. As per a recent research on poverty, the effect comes to our DNA that nearly ten percent of our genome can be affected due to poverty.

Some researchers from US and Canada have arrived at this remarkable statistic by conducting a genome-wide analysis on just under 500 participants in the Philippine-based Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey.

A new study challenges the current understanding of genes as immutable features of biology which are fixed at conception. Past research works have shown that social-economic status is an important determinant of human health and disease.


In other words, poverty can affect up to 10 percent of the genes in the genome. As per the latest research and study about poverty we can guess about our internal inadequacy in our inside body that results in the recession in our cells and tissues which are responsible for our diseases and overall health.

Researchers have found as evidence that poverty can become embedded across wide swaths of the genome. Lower socioeconomic status has been associated with DNA methylene levels which is a key mark that has the potential to shape gene expression at more than 2500 sites, across more than 1500 genes.

The evidence concludes that poverty is also one of the main causes of our diseases that can’t be stopped very soon and easily. It makes us crippled slowly-slowly and finally diminishes.

Families who reside in a properly built home are less likely to fall prey to such diseases and are better equipped to recover from any illnesses. Mental health of individuals and family as a whole improves greatly when concerns related to physical health are not there.

About the author: Kalpit Veerwal
Kalpit Veerwal is a second year Computer Science undergraduate at IIT Bombay. He is well known for being the only person to score 360/360 in JEE (Main). He is registered in the Limca Book of Records for the same. A blogger in his free time, he has also secured top ranks in various exams held in India and the world.

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