05 Sep '12, 11pm

War might be making young bodies old

http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/09/gannett-war-might-be-making-young-bodies-old-090512/ War might be making young bodies old By Gregg Zoroya - USA Today Posted : Wednesday Sep 5, 2012 17:41:05 EDT BOSTON — A litany of physical or emotional problems spill out as Iraq and Afghanistan veterans make their way, one by one, to the 11th floor of a VA hospital in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The tragic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or battlefield concussion are all too evident. Even more alarming for researchers is emerging evidence that these newest American combat veterans — former GIs and Marines in their 20s and 30s — appear to be growing old before their time. Scientists see early signs of heart disease and diabetes, slowed metabolisms and obesity — maladies more common to middle age or later. “They should have been in the best shape of their lives,” says ...

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