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Study: Racial Segregation Leads to High Blood Pressure

We_want_white_tenantsA recent study that was published in the May 2017 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine has revealed that living in racially segregated neighborhoods can negatively affect one’s health.

The main focus of the study was blood pressure rates among African Americans, who are currently plagued by the highest rates of hypertension of any ethnic group in the United States. 

How Racial Segregation Can Lead to High Blood Pressure

According to David Goff, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), residing in segregated neighborhoods where there tends to be  “inadequate access to health-promoting resources” can lead to an increase in stress levels, which inevitably leads to an increase in blood pressure.

The study took a look at 2,280 blacks aged 18-30 over a 25-year period. The results indicated an increase in blood pressure among participants living in more segregated neighborhoods, whereas major improvements were seen in those who lived in segregated areas at first, but moved to a less segregated one.

A Revelation About Health Equity

Study researchers have said that the above information is integral in understanding health equity, and could potentially assist in the reduction of race-related heath disparities. It is the first of its kind to examine the influence that segregation has on health.

By: Danielle Dixon

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