“Family physicians are best equipped to tackle adverse childhood experiences” – AAFP

by Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., A.A.H.I.V.S.,

fp - ACES

Quick quiz: Which of the following is not associated with exposure to adverse childhood experiences, also known as ACEs?

A) Heart disease

B) Cancer

C) Chronic lung disease

D) Obesity

E) Parkinson’s disease

“The answer: All of the above conditions have been closely associated with ACEs except Parkinson’s disease, but a recent study suggests that even Parkinson’s disease (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) may be mediated by exposure to ACEs.

“We know that childhood trauma is a devastating experience that can impact mental health; we are also increasingly learning of its insidious effects on the body.”

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