Tuesday January 21, 2020

Here’s How Poverty Linked with the Ageing Process

The study shows that the financially challenged also had higher inflammatory levels

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Experts demand actions against poor diets to eradicate any ways of malnutrition by 2030, a global goal set by the Agenda for Sustainable Development. Pixabay

Genetics, lifestyle and environment are all factors that somehow influence when and how we all age. Now, researchers have revealed that four or more years with an income below the relative poverty threshold during adult life may accelerate the ageing process.

For the study published in the journal European Journal of Ageing, the researchers have tested 5,500 middle-aged persons, using various ageing markers: physical capability, cognitive function and inflammatory level.

The results were then compared with the participants’ income throughout the 22 years leading up to the test. An annual income of 60 per cent below the median income is considered relative poverty.

“We have found that there is a significant correlation between financial challenges and early ageing. And this is important in order to be able to instigate preventative measures”, said study co-author Rikke Lund, Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

“With our results, we show that poor finances are a strong indicator of early ageing – this knowledge can be used to prevent the problems,” she added.

For the findings, the participants have been through both physical and cognitive tests, each of which is an expression of general strength and function.

Elderly women beg money at a pavement in Calcutta on 11 September 2012. India’s official poverty rate as per Planning Commission, stands at 29.8 per cent, or near to 350 million people using the 2010 population figures.

The researchers measured the participants’ grip strength, how many times they could get up from and sit on a chair in 30 seconds and how high they could jump.

“There is a significant difference between the test results. People who have been below the relative poverty threshold for four or more years in their adult life perform significantly worse than those who have never been below the threshold,” Lund said.

The results show that the financially challenged group, relative to the comparison group, can get up and sit down two times less per 30 seconds and that their grip strength is reduced by 1.2 kilos.

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In addition, the researchers have measured the inflammatory level of the participants.

A high inflammatory level is a sign that the body is in a state of alert and can likewise be used as a marker for illness and ageing.

The study shows that the financially challenged also had higher inflammatory levels. (IANS)

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37% of Part-Time Delivery Partners of Swiggy are Students: Report

29 per cent have another full-time job and moonlight as delivery partners to meet their own and their families: Swiggy

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Food delivery major Swiggy recently conducted a poll to discover the various aspirations and motivations of about 16,000 part-time delivery partners who login into the app for about 4-8 hours every day. Pixabay

At least 37 per cent of Swiggy’s part-time delivery partners are students working to fund their education, a report said on Thursday.

Food delivery major Swiggy recently conducted a poll to discover the various aspirations and motivations of about 16,000 part-time delivery partners who login into the app for about 4-8 hours every day.

According to the report, 29 per cent have another full-time job and moonlight as delivery partners to meet their own and their families’ financial goals and 20 per cent have another part-time job on the side.

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33 per cent delivery partners aim to grow into the role of fleet managers with Swiggy itself, like some of their counterparts have. IANS

Ten per cent are entrepreneurs and run their own business while working with Swiggy to relive stress of erratic earnings from their business, and 29 per cent are primary earning members of their household, the survey found.

Talking about their aspirations, 33 per cent delivery partners aim to grow into the role of fleet managers with Swiggy itself, like some of their counterparts have.

The survey also revealed that 28 per cent are saving money with the goal of buying a house or car of their own.

According to the report, 20 per cent delivery partners aim to land a full-time, regular job eventually and 8 per cent are fuelled by wanderlust and want to travel across India.

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Another 8 per cent are the young and responsible ones who are selflessly saving money to fund their siblings’ wedding, the report added.

The findings from the poll also revealed that a small but significant minority of 12 per cent opened bank accounts for the first time post joining Swiggy, highlighting financial independence for these partners. (IANS)