Sample Psychology Paper on Human Growth and Development

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of factors that can lead to heart disease.  These factors include higher levels of blood pressure, higher blood sugar levels, and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Telomeres are strands of DNA located at the ends of chromosomes that become shorter as cell division takes place.

Menarche is the commencement of menstruation that occurs between the ages of nine and sixteen. Menarche occurrence age is influenced by hereditary and environmental factors. Menarche delay may also be due to medical conditions, higher exercise levels, and poor diet.

Free radicals are byproducts of the metabolic process that contain unpaired electrons and bind with other molecules resulting in products that cause damage to cells and contribute to aging.

Antioxidants are substances that inhibit the activity of free radicals and may also reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body thus preventing diseases related to aging. They are found in fruits and vegetables, and vitamin E and C.

Ageism is the stereotyping, chauvinism, and discrimination against elderly individuals.

Body mass index (BMI) is the measure of body fat based on an individual’s height and weight. It can be used in the screening of weight levels that can result in health problems.

Plasticity is the ability of an organism to respond to environmental influences.