Teen drama is all-consuming; jealousy and conflicts with friends can make adolescents feel the whole world is against them.

Now, new research from the University of Virginia has found ramifications from these conflicts may have long-term links to premature aging in adulthood.

The clue to this new discovery was found in the bloodstream, in the form of something called interleukin-6, a protein that’s been associated with the development of cancerous tumors, arthritis, osteoporosis and a number of other problems associated with aging.

That substance was found at high levels in the bloodstreams of 28-year-olds who experienced chronic social conflict beginning at the early age of 13.

Read More