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How does child abuse affect chronic disease?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links adverse childhood experiences (which include other household dysfunctions in addition to child abuse and child neglect) with a range of long-term health impacts including the following chronic diseases and their related issues:
  • smoking and smoking at an earlier age
  • ischemic heart disease (IHD)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • liver disease
  • health-related quality of life issues
Individuals who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy two decades shorter than those who reported none.

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