Life-course origins of social inequalities in adult immune cell markers of inflammation in a developing southern Chinese population: the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study

BMC Public Health, 04/24/2012

Low Socioeconomic position (SEP) throughout life may negatively impact late adult immune–inflammatory status. However, some aspects of immune–inflammatory status may be sensitive to earlier exposures, with sex–specific associations. The findings were compatible with the hypothesis that in a developing population, upregulation of the gonadotropic axis with economic development may obscure the normally protective effects of social advantage for men.

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