Heart Health Among LGBTQ Adults: The Unique Link That’s Causing - KTEN.com - Texoma news, weather and sports

www.kten.com | 5/29/2019 | Staff
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In 2015, the American Psychological Association (APA) published an insightful report about the health impact of discrimination. According to the report, groups facing discrimination in the United States experience higher stress levels and face greater health challenges.

Americans who identify as LGBTQ are no exception. Recent research has found a concerning link between poor heart health and LGBTQ adults.

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****, gay, and bisexual adults have a higher risk of having markers of poor heart health, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to a 2018 study from Circulation journal. High blood pressure increases the risk of many conditions, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and vascular dementia.

Furthermore, another 2019 study from Circulation found that transgender men and women were two to four times more likely to experience a heart attack, compared to cisgender men and women.


So what’s the deal?

LGBTQ individuals can face many unique obstacles and stressors. Starting as teenagers, many may face bullying or harassment that continues into adulthood. While some individuals may have great family support, others may lack the love, safety, and care of an accepting family. LGBTQ individuals may also face discrimination in the workplace, or while...
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