Chronic stress caused by social discrimination can negatively impact the health of marginalized communities. However, the social ties within a community can help reduce the impact of stress and reduce inflammatory biomarkers associated with negative health outcomes. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have received NIH funding to examine the interaction of discrimination stress, social ties, and health outcomes in Latinx and Hispanic communities.
According to Tiffany Lee of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “The team will first determine how exposure to discrimination affects a person’s allostatic load, or the bodily wear and tear from stress. Allostatic load likely underlies the Weathering Hypothesis, which suggests that exposure to social and economic disadvantage, including interpersonal discrimination, accelerates poor health outcomes across a wide range of conditions.”
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(Source: Nebraska Today, May 23rd, 2022)