Trauma, Abuse and Neglect in Childhood Connect to Serious Diseases in Adults
How Trauma, Abuse and Neglect in Childhood Connect to Serious Diseases in Adults
Research reveals that serious medical conditions such as heart and digestive disorders can occur in a young person whose life was marked by significant adversity as a child. This study was conducted by Jonathan Coleman and Frank Wilson, Ph.D.
Partnering with Children’s National Medical Center, Dr. Coleman and Dr. Wilson evaluated patients with serious medical conditions and compared them to healthy adults. They found that chronic childhood trauma, exposure to common childhood stressors and maltreatment in childhood were associated with:
95-125 percent increased risk of hypertension
81-110 percent increased risk of heart failure
62-90 percent increased risk of diabetes
80-97 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease
54-72 percent increased risk of abdominal pain
55-69 percent increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Due to the high adverse effects of obesity, the researchers looked at a healthier comparison group for this study. The results confirmed the findings from the older study.