Bullying in childhood linked to chronic disease risk in adults

March 10 (UPI) -- Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found bullying during childhood may increase a person's chance of developing lifelong health problems from exposure to chronic stress.

The study suggests adults who were exposed to bullying as a child had in increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.

"Bullying, as a form of chronic social stress, may have significant health consequences if not addressed early," Susannah J. Tye, researcher at the Mayo Clinic, said in a press release. "We encourage child health professionals to assess both the mental and physical health effects of bullying."

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