Incorporating biomarkers into the study of socio-economic status and health among older adults in China.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The social gradient in health - that individuals with lower SES have worse health than those with higher SES- is welldocumented using self-reports of health in more developed countries. Less is known about the relationship between SES and health biomarkers among older adults residing in less developed countries. We use data from the ChineseLongitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) longevity areas sub-sample to examine the social gradient in healthamong rural young-old and oldest-old adults (N=2,121). Our health indicators include individual biomarkers, metabolic syndrome, and self-reports of health. We found a largely positive relationship between SES and health. SES was more consistently associated with individual biomarkers among the oldest-old than the young-old, providing evidence for cumulative disadvantage. We discuss the implications of our findings for older adults who have lived through different social, economic, and health regimes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brasher, MS; George, LK; Shi, X; Yin, Z; Zeng, Y

Published Date

  • December 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 /

Start / End Page

  • 577 - 585

PubMed ID

  • 29349247

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5769064

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2352-8273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.07.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England