Racism Is Morally Reprehensible. Does It Also Pose Health Risks?

Racism Is Morally Reprehensible. Does It Also Pose Health Risks?

Now, in the wake of cultural conversations about white privilege and police brutality, that theory is widely accepted, according to NPR. Furthermore, African-American women are 243% more likely to die during or shortly after childbirth compared with white women. In a 2006 study, Geronimus and colleagues found that Black adults scored higher on measures of allostatic load than white adults. More recently, researchers found Black adults likelier to be biologically older than their chronological age than their white peers. For more on how racism can negatively affect the reproductive health of Black women, read “Black Women and Infants Face Worse Birth Outcomes” and “Does Racism Play a Role in Black Women Delivering Premature Babies?” And for more on the physiological toxicity of stress, read “Stress May Awaken Dormant Cancer Cells.”

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