TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Traumatic experiences in childhood can do lifelong harm to physical and mental health, education and work, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

Preventing traumatic childhood experiences — such as abuse, seeing violence or substance abuse in the home, or having a parent in jail — could reduce many problems later on, according to the CDC.

Among them: chronic illnesses, such as heart and respiratory disease, cancerdiabetes and suicide; risky health behaviors, such as substance abuse; and socioeconomic struggles later in life.

At least five of the top 10 causes of death in the United States are associated with what the CDC calls adverse childhood experiences.

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