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Surprising study finds mild stress in childhood may extend lifespan by making kids ’resistant' to challenges Researchers looked at oxidative stress, an imbalance between radical molecules and antioxidants, in roundworms Oxidative stress occurs during aging but can also occur from diets and exercise Worms that produced more oxidants during development lived longer than worms that made fewer Scientists theorize that early-life stress may make us better able to fight stress later in life 

By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:00 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 18:03 GMT, 4 December 2019

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Dealing with some stress during childhood may actually be good for you, a new study suggests.

In research conducted on roundworms, scientists found worms that had more biological signs of struggle - measured via oxidative stress - during development had longer lifespans than worms that had less. 

Oxidative stress describes the harmful effects that free radicals (unstable molecules) have on the body. 

It happens naturally over our lifetimes as we age, but 'mild' oxidative stress can also result from day-to-day activities that put strain on the body, like dieting and exercising. 

Experiencing early-life stress may make children more ’resistant' to, or better able to face, challenges later in life.

The University of Michigan (U-Mich) team behind the latest study says creating a treatment that could induce oxidative stress at a young age could be the secret to warding off age-associated diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.

A new study from the University of Michigan has found that roundworms that produced more radical molecules early in development lived longer than worms that produced fewer (file image)

A new study from the University of Michigan has found that roundworms that produced more radical molecules early

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